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The Exterminating Angels (2006)

Les anges exterminateurs (original title)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric van den Driessche ... François
Maroussia Dubreuil Maroussia Dubreuil ... Charlotte
Lise Bellynck Lise Bellynck ... Julie
Marie Allan ... Stéphanie
Sophie Bonnet Sophie Bonnet ... La femme de François
Raphaële Godin Raphaële Godin ... Apparition 1 / Rebecca
Margaret Zenou Margaret Zenou ... Apparition 2
Jeanne Cellard Jeanne Cellard ... La grand-mère
Virginie Legeay Virginie Legeay ... Virginie
Estelle Galarme Estelle Galarme ... Olivia
Marine Danaux Marine Danaux ... Agnès
Apolline Louis Apolline Louis ... Céline
François Négret François Négret ... L'ami de Stéphane
Christophe Maillard Christophe Maillard ... Le producteur
Françoise Bonnet Françoise Bonnet ... La voisine escalier
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Storyline

François is a film-maker, usually impassive and without affect. He's making a film about women's pleasure as they transgress taboos. He doesn't know that two fallen angels who've been sent to upend him are manipulating his interest. He interviews young women, video tapes screen tests, and selects several for the film. The erotic scenes with them generate off-screen dynamics that may overwhelm the project. His wife is at first ignorant of his venture, then she's put off, and then becomes his assistant. The fallen angels are always close at hand: is François's ruin inevitable? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exterminating Angels See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,485, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$22,490, 1 April 2007
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1.66 : 1
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Apparition 1: You're 20. You're beautiful. You're young.The world's at your feet. You use your charms. But it doesn't last. You become less beautiful. Your hold on people starts to weaken. There's always someone who makes you pay the price.
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sets out to capture the beauty of the female nude during orgasm
30 January 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This film is nothing like as meaningful as I am sure the makers would have wished but neither is it tosh. Brisseau tells of a director who sets out to capture the beauty of the female nude during orgasm. Not interested in the porn actresses' rehearsed turns he seeks young women not used to performing the act so that he might thereby capture the 'mystical moments'. He also proposes that if she transgresses the norm she will more likely reach the maximum sensations. Hence, we get masturbation in a restaurant, in a hotel room with the door open, with other girls etc. I do not particularly take issue with any of this but I just don't think it's particularly profound. It is a slight theory which if proved does not really lead us anywhere. Where it does lead us of course is to the frank and pretty explicit presentation of some pretty erotic scenes. Not all bad then! Simple enough to start with this gradually turns into a melodrama involving the director's wife, the girls' partners and even the police and the ghost of his grandmother. Gradually we seem to loose sight of what seemed the film's only premise, but who knows maybe Brisseau really was making a film about the nature of love and how men and women are affected so differently.


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