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SEX IS COMEDY

Dir: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Gregoire Colin, Roxanne Mesquida
Certificate: 18
Release Date: July 25th 2003

Agent provocateur of the arthouse set, Catherine Breillat uses the sex scenes from her last film A Ma Soeur! to meditate on moviemaking in her latest. True to its title, her film-within-a-film is wryly amusing; the stressed director (Anne ‘Nikita’ Parillaud) alternately coaxing, seducing and bullying her reluctant actors into the sack, and the pros and cons of different prosthetic penises. Ironically, stripped of her desire to shock, Breillat’s astute observations on gender politics, particularly male vanity, register even more explicitly; charmingly or charmlessly pretentious, depending on your persuasion, perhaps Breillat has finally found the subject that most provokes her interest: herself.

* * * (three stars)

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