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Porn Theatre (2002)

Cast: Jacques Nolot, Jacques Nolot, Vittoria Scognamiglio, more...
Director: Jacques Nolot, Jacques Nolot
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Foreign, France, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 88 min.
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Synopsis
Jacques Nolot is the writer, director, and star of the French comedy drama Glowing Eyes. The film takes place in an adult movie theater in Paris during a screening of the porno film "La Chatte à Deux Têtes," which happens to be the French title of the film itself, literally translating to "The Two-Headed Pussy." In the lobby, a frank conversation develops between the jovial Italian ticket seller (Vittoria Scognamiglio), naïve projectionist (Sébastien Viala), and a fiftysomething regular customer (director Nolot). Meanwhile, various men from all walks of life engage in anonymous sex in the downstairs theater, some of them joining in on the intimate discussion by the ticket booth. Glowing Eyes was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Un Certain Regard program. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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For People Who Like To Watch (!) by ZenBones May 3, 2005 - 4:21 PM PDT
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Some of the criticism I've seen about this movie (here and elsewhere) is that it didn't have enough action or characterization. Normally, I like lots of characterization in films, but I also sometimes like to just sit in some public place and watch other people doing all sort so of things. I don't need to know their life story or motivations - people can be fascinating just as they are. This film is that kind of character study from the outside. It's about voyeurs and the kinds of people who are in need of a non-emotional but intimate experience. I think the film is brilliant because it forces one as they watch it, to also become a voyeur involved in a non-emotional but intimate experience. That might make some people feel uncomfortable but then, if you're gonna rent a film called "Porn Theater", don't be surprised if that's what you end up seeing! This film is virtually showing us what goes on in such places objectively, as if you were really there. Frankly, I would have felt cheated if the film had given me a lot of character depth (that's what Hollywood does; they can keep their soap operas!). I think some people are also teed off because judging from the DVD's cover, one would expect that this film would be about straight sex, but it isn't. Lots of people are confused as to why men go 'straight' cinemas and engage in sex with other men. The fact is, a lot of guys are scared of being seen going to a porn theater in the gay part of town. Also, there are some 'straight' guys who are willing to get it on with a man if - in the darkness of the room under the image of real female sex on the screen - they can pretend that the drag queen they are involved with is a real woman. You may not relate to or understand much of what's going on in this movie, but the best films often contain lots of human ambiguity. We are at the end of the day, a very mysterious species!

[Note to Green Cine... this film isn't a documentary. I recommend you include it in the 'Gay and Lesbian' and 'Midnight Viewing' categories instead.]

Neil Simon Goes To France by stypee May 11, 2004 - 12:32 AM PDT
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2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
When I was a kid there was a movie theatre about a mile away from where I live. If I remember correctly it was called the "MayFair". At the young age of 14 or 15, during my high school years, I always wanted to pay a visit to the "MayFair", to me, it was a landmark. Not because it showed porno movies but because it had a history. The "MayFair" was where Harvey Weinstein and his brother discovered the art of film distribution. Of course, I was the only person in my age bracket to have such knowledge. The brother's of MIRAMAX actually lived a mile away from where I do. To me, that was cool.

When the Weinstein's were my age, they were under the impression that the infamous theatre was what it was when I was a kid. So they bought their tickets and ventured in to see the "400 Blows". To their surprise nobody was blowing anybody (if you don't know what the "400 Blows" is I sincerely suggest catching up on your film history) in fact, they were watching a Foreign flick with subtitles. Somehow they got hooked and the deception of what could easily be mistaken as a porno flick became what was once the leader in independent cinema. Some film geeks like myself have washed their hands of MIRAMAX for selling their souls to the Disney devil. Yet I still pay to see their movies. I'm such a walking contradiction.

After reading an article about the theatre in a local newspaper in the late 80's or early 90's, describing what was now a hardcore adult theatre and what went on in there. I just had to go, I have no problems admitting to my own perversions. Unfortunately, I always got week in the knees and when I finally built up the courage to experience it first hand, I was in college. My friend Kellie and I jumped in my car and discovered that the theatre was now closed. But I still wanted to experience what it was like to visit a porno theatre.

Now at the age of 31 I can say I still never have, the closet I um, came, was a nudie booth, this wasn't at all exciting, in fact, it was boring. By the time I was legal the Mayor of New York City cleaned house and porn was designated to a small section that I've still yet to find. Not only that but the Mayor implemented rules stating that any "adult store" selling any type of "adult" material was only allowed to carry 40% stock of the good stuff. How this made any sense I have no idea. So for good porn people travel to Long Island but there really isn't that much of a seedy underworld that once paved the streets of New York City.

So now we come to "Porn Theatre" a small and as someone else put it, extremely boring French film. I thought I was going to be watching a documentary about Porno Movie houses, instead, I got a French movie with a bunch of colorful characters and long monologues.

Not sure what the director was going for here. The film comes off more like a stage play than an actual movie. While it does contain some minor graphic scenes of sexual activity (not even close to erotic) it's just a film that presents itself like a trip to an off-broadway show.

Sorry to say, nothing exciting or erotic happening here. You're bettef off renting a porno movie if you want the real thing or better yet, read a Neil Simon play while watching a porno movie this way you can experience what it's like watching "Porn Theatre".

Oh yeah, forgive my spelling of the MIRAMAX brothers last name. Maybe I did spell it right? Eh, the way this film left me, I could care less.

Bad with a capital "B" by mrfrosting April 27, 2004 - 12:10 PM PDT
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4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
The movie's synopsis makes it sound interesting. But the synopsis certainly doesn't offer a clear picture. For instance, it doesn't say that the movie is centered around a theater that shows straight films while cross-dressers and transvestites solicit and perform sex acts on the all male clientele. Or that the viewer is only left to wonder what the characters are like because the movie doesn't get remotely close to fleshing out any of them. Simply put: the movie feels like an exercise to shock the audience rather than engage it.




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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
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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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