I'm not feeling very eloquent right now, but I wanted to express my surprise enjoyment of this film despite it's odd micro-story. But it's much more than the sum of it's neurotic parts. It's an exhaustive but ultimately satisfying voyeuristic view into the world of performance art, human nature and relationships.
Parillaud is marvelous as she navigates the difficult task of being a female director. She's got to be the boss, but in such a way that her cast and crew don't feel threatened by her bossiness. A ridiculous situation, but that's how it goes under the patriarchy. Her manipulation of the "talent" over the course of the film to get them in the "right" frame of mind for the sex scene is scarily masterful. Great pacing.
This film gave me a new appreciation for the beauty of voices, conversation, eye contact, and sensuality. I felt mesmerized during the the conversations between the director and the actor. Their conversations were simple but deeply complex at the same time. I've realized that the French language has the ability to make even the simplest of words sound elegant, emotional, and sexy. I want to learn French!
Prenant comme référence scénaristique de départ, une séquence d'un film antérieur ("A ma sœur" tournée en 2000 avec la même actrice) Catherine Breillat nous livre une œuvre en partie démystificatrice sur les tournages, avec pour alter ego, l'évidente Anne Parillaud, d'une présence et d'une conviction indéniables... www.cinefiches.com
I have a hard time figuring out if I like this so much because of my familiarity with FAT GIRL (the film is clearly about the making of that film) or on its own merits. However, a rather penetrating view into Breillat's own character, and at least one genuinely funny moment, when the male lead begs for a bigger prosthetic penis.