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Sex Is Comedy (2004)



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Film director Jeanne is obsessed with directing a difficult sex scene between her young actress and actor who hate each other. Aided and prodded by her loyal assistant director, Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting it right, without compromise or dishonesty.more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Catherine Breillat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
IFC Films - Official Site


Gregoire Colin
as The Actor
Roxane Mesquida
as The Actress
Bart Binnema
as The Cameraman
Yves Osmu
as The Sound Engineer
Francis Seleck
as The Production Manag...
Elisabete Piecho
as The Script Girl
Diane Scapa
as The Art Director
Ana Lorena
as Make-up Artist
Claire Monnatte
as Make-Up Artist
Elisabete Silva
as Boom Operator
Bruno Ramos
as Assistant Cameraman
Julia Fragata
as Set Dresser
Jose Cascais
as Property Manager
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Critic Reviews for Sex Is Comedy

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (23)

Annoying, soporific and, despite its title, singularly humorless.

Full Review… | December 24, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

In Jeanne's world, and Breillat's, filmed sex is no ordinary eye candy. For their characters, it's an admission of a dark, complicated interior life that only the bravest of actors, finally, can expose on screen.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sex Is Comedy


A director cajoles, threatens, berates, and befriends her actors in order to get them to perform the perfect sex scene.
The shooting of a sex scene has always been a curiosity for me. To put something so personal and private on screen in front of everyone from one's fellow actors to the Teamsters rep to the gum-chewing, fanny-pack-wearing, high school dropout key grip speaks to what levels of courage actors must have to do such a job. But this film doesn't focus on the actors' journeys but the director's various tactics to get them to do the scene. I can see how this concept might make a good film, but not with this director. Jeanne is a myopic, self-centered bitch, and her little manipulations are thoroughly uninteresting. What is more, I had trouble seeing the real conflict in the film. It's true that the Actor was resisting Jeanne's appeals, but I didn't see any real rebellion like the clear refusal of Sarah Jessica Parker's character in State and Main. The actors in Sex is Comedy seem willing and professional even though they are naturally uncomfortable.
Overall, despite its title, Sex is Comedy isn't funny or particularly insightful, and its focus is on the least interesting and least appealing character in the film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A movie about making a movie. The director in the film tries everything from cajoling to befriending to get a sex scene correctly played in her film. The last scene of this movie is the filming of that sex scene in the movie. I gotta say, it looks like they got it done right.

But this movie seemed to take too long. I'm sure they could have achieved the same reaction from her audience in a movie half as long as it was.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Disappointing work from French stalwart Breillat? Afraid so. Though highly interesting on paper, the execution of Sex Is Comedy falls well flat. The plot circles around (it might as well be a making of) A Ma Souer, her 2001 emotionally upsetting drama, regarding the difficulty of creating a sex scene between two bickering actors. New names are adopted, but when the actress is re-used, there's no denying the AMS link.
The main concern here is that Catherine is normally in her element delving into psycho-sexuality, but for this project she seems a million miles away. It's not insightful, it's not funny (as the title might suggest), and feels like it could have easily been a 20-minute skit instead of a 90-minute picture.
All I really gleaned was that the actor used a prosthetic cock and that shooting sex scenes can sometimes be awkward. I never would have guessed that.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

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