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Sex Is Comedy (2002)

Cast: Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, more...
Director: Catherine Breillat
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, France, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Catherine Breillat's Sex is Comedy concerns a female film director, Jeanne (Anne Parillaud), who is attempting to film a sex scene in her new movie. Complicating the already emotionally difficult shoot is the fact that Jeanne and her lead actor (Grégoire Colin) are sexually involved. The scene being shot echoes with a scene in Breillat's previous film, Fat Girl, adding to the supposed "reality" of the situations presented in the film. Roxane Mesquida rounds out the cast as the actress playing the 15-year-old in the scene being filmed. Sex Is Comedy was screened during the Director's Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Not Breilliant by JRosha July 6, 2005 - 11:11 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie is a farce! Its the making of a movie turned into a movie (not a documentary), repleate with actors playing themselves, and unconvincingly at that. Least successful was Catherine Breillat's attempt to convince the audience that this was for anyone but herself. Amuzing, however, was the actors willingness to play themselves as tainted. She must have a lot of sway over them, as she illudes to in the movie.

not so funny by axel April 25, 2005 - 11:23 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This movie is boring and pretentious. There is no dialogue in this film, only monologue. Do not look for sub text in this film, there is none. This film is purely expository and far from cinematic. This film reveals nothing of the film making process, reveals nothing about these 1 dimensional characters and also, to add insult to injury, completely fails to titillate.

rent at your own risk.

Funny/Weird by talltale March 10, 2005 - 9:36 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Sex is indeed comedy in Catherine Breillat's fascinating "take" on her experience shooting some heavily "intimate" scenes during the making of her movie "Fat Girl." Dealing with recalcitrant actors, weather that refuses to conform to her needs, and her own heavy-duty obsessions (the writer/director is harder on herself than on anybody else), somehow the scenes get finished--and come out just fine, as those of you who've witnessed "Fat Girl" can attest.

While we've all seen movies about moviemaking, this is the first that deals primarily with the sex/intimacy aspect, and it's a pretty funny, sometimes bumpy ride. The moviemaker's ideas about these topics are mostly worth hearing; I was particularly taken with her thoughts regarding the actor as masculine or feminine. I suspect Breillat must really love her crew, and that this feeling is returned in spades. They know she's crazy but put up with it for the sake of the finished product and their caring for this interesting, one-of-a-kind moviemaker. A special word must be said for her adorable, blond assistant (played with a reticent verve by Ashley Wanniger). He comes off as the most pliable and precious thing in the whole messy equation; I could sit through an entire movie about THIS relationship!

Interestingly, Breillat has packed her film with a more star-studded cast (Anne Parillaud and Gregoire Colin) than she did in the original "Fat Girl." (Roxanne Mesquida, who played the beautiful sister, appears in both.) Parillaud and Colin are terrific; the latter's scenes wearing his penile attachment are deadpan (and drop-dead) funny. SEX IS COMEDY? Yes--and, fortunately, so much more.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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