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Anatomy of Hell (Anatomie de L'Enfer)

Director(s): Catherine Breillat

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi, Catherine Breillat, Jacques Monge

Genre(s): Drama, feminist, Avant-Garde, erotic

Countries: France


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Running Time: 77m.

Over the course of her career as a writer and filmmaker, Catherine Breillat (ROMANCE, FAT GIRL) has never shied away from controversial topics, using both mediums to explore her strong feminist opinions. Joining a generation of similarly taboo-breaking French directors such as Francois Ozon and Gaspar No, Breillat has no problem displaying explicit material to her audience and forcing them to confront their own assumptions about the relations between men and women. In ANATOMY OF HELL, based on her own novel, she presents a largely allegorical scenario positing that all men are inherently fearful of female sexuality. A gay man (ex porn star Rocco Siffredi) prevents a woman (former Chanel and Gaultier model Amira Casar) from killing herself in a nightclub. Thrown together by this fated moment, she offers to pay him to watch her in the most intimate way--leading to a confrontational exploration of male and female psychology and misogyny. Never one to back down from the controversial, Catherine Breillat's explicit film ANATOMY OF HELL is perhaps the work that gets closest to her theoretical preoccupations. (rottentomatoes.com)
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