Sex Is Comedy (2002)

Original Title : Sex Is Comedy
Director : Catherine Breillat
Writer : Catherine Breillat
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jean-Fran√ßois Lepetit , Ant√≥nio da Cunha Telles
Photography : Laurent Machuel
IMDB ID : 0304678
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¬Anne Parillaud Jeanne
¬Gr√©goire Colin The Actor
¬Roxane Mesquida The Actress
¬Ashley Wanninger Leo, the first assistant
¬Dominique Colladant Willy
¬Bart Binnema Director of Photography
¬Yves Osmu The sound engineer
¬Elisabete Piecho Continuity Girl
¬Francis Seleck The production manager
¬Diane Scapa The production designer
¬Ana Lorena The make-up artist
¬Claire Monatte The other make-up artist
¬Arnaldo Junior The chief electrician
¬Elisabete Silva The boom operator
¬J√ļlia Fragata The set dresser
¬Bruno Ramos The assistant camera
¬Alfredo 'Aleb√©' Ramalho A grip
¬Rudolfo Santos A grip
¬Jos√© Cascais The property master


Fascinating insights under the guise of entertaining comedy Another fabulous movie from Catherine Breillat, this time about the difficulties of shooting a sex scene in a movie. Using comedy –, a new genre for Breillat –, we get a backstage view of filmmaking but in documentary style. The character who plays the director in the movie is based on Breillat, the sex scene in question is taken from her earlier film ‘,A Ma Soeur' as is the main teenage actress. But the film, like all of Breillat's work, is not entertainment alone. It is peppered with philosophical observations on the nature of sexuality as well as demonstrating a devotion to ‘,purity' (as opposed to pornography) that is a cornerstone of Breillat's work and a devotion to real emotion. We see the director character harangue the young lead actress and actor to bring the best out in them, hypnotising them into the parts they need to play, bringing out part of themselves that the director can see in them but they cannot see in themselves until they achieve the heights of acting that she demands of them. She makes meaningful movies, not titillation, but she shows the work that is needed to produce this, and so gives us insights both into the (decidedly French) film making process and the psychology of male –, female sexuality.