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Anatomy of Hell (2004)

Anatomie de l'enfer (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 January 2004 (France)
A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

Director:

Catherine Breillat

Writer:

Catherine Breillat (based on the novel "Pornocratie")

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amira Casar ... The Woman
Rocco Siffredi ... The Man
Alexandre Belin Alexandre Belin ... Blow-job lover 1
Manuel Taglang Manuel Taglang ... Blow-job lover 2
Jacques Monge Jacques Monge ... Man in bar
Claudio Carvalho Claudio Carvalho ... Boy with the Bird
Carolina Lopes Carolina Lopes ... Little Girl
Diego Rodrigues Diego Rodrigues ... Little boy playing doctor (as 'Diogo Rodriques')
Diogo Rodriques Diogo Rodriques ... Boy Playing Doctor
João Marques João Marques ... Boy Playing Doctor
Bruno Fernandes Bruno Fernandes ... Little boy playing doctor
Maria Edite Moreira Maria Edite Moreira ... Pharmacist 1
Maria João Santos Maria João Santos ... Pharmacist 2
Catherine Breillat ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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Drama

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 January 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ericeira, Portugal

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film explicitly states at the beginning that Amira Casar's sex scenes were done with a body double. Indeed, Casar allegedly told her male co-star Rocco Siffredi that she would not be having sex with him for the purposes of the film. Interestingly, Siffredi himself had a porn double for the opening gay fellatio scene. Despite being a porn star in real life and being very liberal in his sexual proclivities, gay man-on-man sex was apparently a step too far for the Italian. See more »

Quotes

The woman: The woman is the man's disease.
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Anatomy of human instinct
8 July 2004 | by attilanonymSee all my reviews

As one of the most controversial (or notorious) contemporary directors, Catherine Breillat seems to push her cinematic expression to further extremity in her every new works. However, it must be noticed she was actually preaching the same theme sexual battle in all these movies, only the stories become more and more simplified, instead of which explicit images play the role of supplements to abstract lecturing. Anatomie de L'enfer is unexceptionally the latest development of her filmic experiment to challenge the traditional ideology both on screen and off screen. The movie was mainly shoot in a room, where the actor and the actress talked about sex (and things related) as well as having sex. Through their conversation and the monologue of the director's voice in the background, again the audiences find the same elements from Catherine Breillat¡¯s previous movies¡ªthe contempt, the hatred, the desire to conquer each other between the two sexes¡ªthough this time she set up a even more extreme scenario to prove her theory, that regardless the chronic anti-woman complex, even his own sense of superiority over women, the man in the movie fell into the fascination of female body (sex)¡on the other hand, overwhelmed by his animal instinct¡ªduring watching the woman exhibiting herself. Moreover the man's self-abasement and self-deceit at the end of the movie emphasized his failure, and more importantly, his sense of failure. Thus Catherine Breillat reveals her perception about the puzzle of sexual relationship¡ªmen are after all capricious children (hinted in the scene of children playing doctor and patient game), who mask their greed to what they are eager for, and turn to hate it if unable to have it. Naturally such desperate view won¡¯t be appreciated by the majority, which makes her a heathen among the believers of ethical love. Then again, her brilliancy lies in her metaphysical research on the topic, even it might be stray or biased. The real stupidity is judging her by the keep-it-simple-stupid rule, as in most occasions how the conservatives treat the pioneers, and the implicit treat the thoughtful.


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