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...Since Welcometo the Dollhouse (US, 1996), a “painfully funny” portrait of adolescent hell in suburban New Jersey, Todd Solondz has challenged audiences and critics with his increasingly dark comedies. Happiness (US, 1998), Storytelling (US,...
...It is very typically French. It expresses feelings rather than character and they are genuine enough.Malcolm, Derek. “Review of Les Chansons D'Amour,” Evening Standard (London, December...
...Catherine Breillat's powerful portrayals of heterosexual sex and female desire have earned her a prominent place in the group of directors that have come to be known as the “new French extremists.”James Quandt. “Flesh & Blood: Sex...
...I wonder how men can get serious at all. They have this delicate long thing hanging outside their bodies, which goes up and down by its own will. First of all having it outside your body is terribly dangerous. If I were a man I would have...
...Although it enjoyed a succès de scandale when it was released in 1961 and quickly became a cult film, L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year atMarienbad), directed by Alain Resnais from a script by Alain Robbe-Grillet, is still considered...
...Cinematic representations of rape foreground the gendered power dynamics inherent in the film medium's institutional structure. While feminist criticism has long pointed out the problematic position of women both on-screen...
...In Campion's world, desire always places women in danger — whether the desire is their own or someone else's. The danger, desire, and sex in Jane Campion's In the Cut (Australia/US/UK, 2003) begins with Frannie, the protagonist played...
...Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar have both been identified with a hybrid cinema, characterized by the fact that a “prominence of any one genre may vary from one moment to the next.”Ira Jaffe. Hollywood Hybrids: Mixing Genres...

Sexual Trauma and Jouissance in Baise-Moi

Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Baise-Moi (2000) circles relentlessly around acts of transgression. Initially, the violence is masculine. Then, abruptly, brutality becomes feminine. As perpetrators of violence, the two female protagonists immerse themselves in jouissance,...

Boys Don't Get Raped

Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Kimberly Peirce's 1999 film Boys Don't Cry (US) chronicles the last few weeks in the short life of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena, a teenager from Nebraska who was born female; who, for these weeks and at other points in his life, lived...