DIRECTOR: Christophe Honoré | WRITER: Christophe Honoré (from a novel by Georges Bataille) | CAST: Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Emma de Caunes, Joana Preiss, Jean-Baptiste Montagut, Dominique Reymond, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Duclos | France
Absurd, pretentious trash that tries way too hard to shock with its jejune visions of what the grownups’ ultimate debauchery might look like. Sorry, honey, but if girl on top hetero fucking, hetero rimming, lesbian frottage, and man-on-man action limited to look-but-don’t-touch exhibitionism is your idea of utter depravity then you’ve led a cloistered life and have no imagination. OK, there’s the heavy-duty whipping stuff with a submissive man and dominant woman. And the suggestion of incest, but no real consummation. Wheee! I found Isabelle Huppert interesting to watch because no matter how hard she tried she always looked like an actress who was working really hard; I never for a moment believed the character. And Louis Garrel is naked. A lot. In fact, seeing Louis Garrel naked a lot is the only reason I can think of to bother watching this movie. Is seeing Louis Garrel naked a lot worth sitting through the rest? For me the answer is Yes. Your mileage may vary.