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Vénus noire (2010)

The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and ... See full summary »

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Abdellatif Kechiche (original scenario), Abdellatif Kechiche (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yahima Torres ... Saartjie 'Sarah' Baartman
Andre Jacobs ... Hendrick Caezar
Olivier Gourmet ... Réaux
Elina Löwensohn ... Jeanne
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Georges Cuvier
Michel Gionti Michel Gionti ... Jean-Baptiste Berré
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Charles Mercailler, le journaliste
Jonathan Pienaar ... Alexander Dunlop
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... Le premier client du bordel
Jean-Jacques Moreau Jean-Jacques Moreau ... Henri de Blainville
Cyril Favre Cyril Favre ... Le premier aide naturaliste
Dominique Ratonnat Dominique Ratonnat ... Le 2e aide naturaliste
Didier Bourguignon Didier Bourguignon ... Le 3e aide naturaliste
Ralph Amoussou Ralph Amoussou ... Harry, le premier domestique
Alix Serman Alix Serman ... Matthew, le deuxième domestique
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The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and fortune there. Once in London her master turned manager does nothing but exhibit her as a freak in a phony and humiliating carnival show. After a series of troubles caused by their act, Caesar, Saartje and their new friend, bear-tamer Réaux, head for Paris where once again, and against her will, she has to mimic savagery and expose her body, first in carnivals, then in the aristocratic salons of Paris, later on among the libertines and finally in brothels where she ends up being a prostitute. In the meantime, French anatomists will have taken an interest in her unusual anatomy (enormous buttocks and labia) only to declare her the missing link from ape to man. In 1815, aged only 27, she dies alone, of a combination of pneumonia and venereal disease. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Official Sites:

MK2 [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | Afrikaans | English | Dutch

Release Date:

27 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Venus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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profound pain
1 July 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

it is not only the pain of lead character but , in a special form, the pain of viewer. because not only racism and exploitation of a woman vulnerability are the subjects but large manner to discover, in each period, in each society, the other, the stranger, the strange, the exotic victim who inspire fake feeling of power. it is the film of an admirable actress and a necessary lesson about sins who are not absolved. it is a kind of mirror. more than touching, it is terrible. more than terrible it is honest image of a circle. and , maybe, image of a sacrifice who has as axis the force of silence. a powerful message. reflection of profound pain. that is all. and the image of a human been as ordinary tool.


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