Director: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi
Duration: 73 min.
A woman hires a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".
Anatomy of Hell is a film written and directed by Catherine Breillat, based on her novel titled Pornocratie. It premiered at the 2004 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
I am a fan of Breillat, because of her willingness to explore territory in cinema that no one else will. Sometimes she manages to deliver a great film amidst her unique brand of provocation and boundary crossing, like Fat Girl or 36 Fillette, this isn't one of those times. Starting with an unlikely scenario, coupled with some horribly unnatural dialogue and out-of-place narration by the director herself. Followed by an unflinching series of highly explicit images, which I'm sure were intended to provoke philosophical thought, but only work to shock and disgust the audience. Results in an extremely difficult to watch mess of a film that makes it's short running time feel like hours.
Trust me, just avoid this one.
— Bonjour Tristesse