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The Exterminating Angels

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Country:  France

Year of Production:  2006

Cannes Award

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Synopsis

THE EXTERMINATING ANGELS is the second part of filmmaker provocateur Jean-Claude Brisseau's (Choses Secrètes, A l'Aventure) startling trilogy exploring societal taboos.

Director François (Frédéric van den Driessche) is fascinated by the mystery surrounding women and sexual pleasure. Intent on making a film about the subject, he auditions a series of actresses, encouraging them to enact their most secret, forbidden desires. Watched over by two fallen angels, François' immersion into the world of his performers' fantasies threatens to destroy him.

Brisseau's sexually charged film, whose philosophical inquiry into pleasures of the flesh is often leavened by his sly humour, is a provocative and intense experience.

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Cast

Starring: 

Frederic Van Den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil, Lise Bellynck, Marie Allan, Raphaele Godin, Magaret Zenou

Credits

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Writer(s): 

Jean-Claude Brisseau

Producers: 

Jean-Claude Brisseau, Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto

Editor:  Maria Luisa Garcia

Cinematographer:  Wilfred Sempe

Music: 

Jean Musy

Production Details

Country:  France

Year of Production:  2006

Language:  French

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  99 minutes

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  27th April 2009

Reviews

PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

"outrageous"

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A.O. SCOTT, NEW YORK TIMES

"a cerebral skin flick... Suave and salacious"

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VARIETY

"frequently funny, authentically arousing"

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"unabashedly erotic... the execution is hypnotic"

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VILLAGE VOICE

"not since Basic Instinct has a modern noir gotten so playfully aroused by straight-male sexual phobia"

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Brisseau calculatedly offsets the silliness of the surreal elements and the earnestness applied to the sex by savoring the overall absurdity"

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