Category Archives: Gender

Belle de Jour (Beauty of the Day)

Corridors of erotic fantasies help Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) navigate the confines of her private and public life. Or, as the original trailer says: ‘a divorce between the soul and the flesh.’ Séverine has been married to her doctor husband, Pierre … Continue reading

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Je suis a Toi (All Yours)

A rent boy needs a home, a baker needs love and the bakery assistant needs someone to adore her. Set in a smallish town in Belgium, the three needy characters form a trio that bends and breaks the rules of … Continue reading

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Les Biches (The Does)

Claude Chabrol’s take on sexual ambiguity in 1968 is mischievous. Stéphane Audran plays the resplendent Frédérique, nouvelle vague’s colonialist of female lust and control. She’s the wealthy dominatrix who wants power over those she desires, and she pursues them with … Continue reading

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Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend)

Sexuality and gender beam fluorescent pink in François Ozon’s playful adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s short story, ‘The New Girlfriend’. Romain Duris plays David, who after the death of his wife is left to raise their baby alone. His wife’s best … Continue reading

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