Category Archives: Sexuality

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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La Cambrure (The Curve)

Eva is adamant she doesn’t want to be seen as an object of desire. ‘Why not an object of love?’ Roman retorts.
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L’Amour l’Après-Midi (Love in the Afternoon)

It’s a small, claustrophobic world in which Frédéric (Bernard Verley) moves. He has his family at home, and his work in the office. The Paris streets are busy and full of attractive women and with all the strength and passion … Continue reading

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Les Témoins (The Witnesses)

Love is a crashing symbol (and fidelity a distant drum-roll) in André Téchiné’s film about desire, control and the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in mid-eighties Paris. Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart) finds motherhood difficult: it’s hard to write with a young … Continue reading

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Madame Bovary

Isabelle Huppert places a sad stone in Emma Bovary, one that will never move … 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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37°2 le Matin (Betty Blue)

“… a travelling circus of events, holding the trauma of romance, and the joys of desire as something more vital to life than work.” 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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La Jalousie (Jealousy)

Jealousy and infidelity stand close and intimate in Philippe Garrel’s slender, simple tale of an actor who moves out of the apartment he shares with his young daughter and girlfriend, and goes to live with his new love. So personal, … Continue reading

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Les Innocents aux Mains Sales (Innocents with Dirty Hands)

the hollow rattle of 70s sexism … Continue reading

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