Anatomy of Hell


Anatomy of Hell (2004)


Critic Consensus: Ponderous, pretentious, and -- considering the subject matter -- dull.


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A lonely and dejected woman (Amira Casar) learns that only when all inhibitions are cast aside will she be able to truly understand the truth about how men see women in this erotically charged exploration of sexuality from controversial director Catherine Breillat. Teetering on the edge of overwhelming ennui, the woman pays a man (Rocco Siffredi) to join her for a daring, four-day exploration of sexuality in which both reject all convention and smash all boundaries while locked away from society in an isolated estate. Only when the man and woman confront the most unspeakable aspects of their sexuality will they have a pure understanding of how the sexes view one another.

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Amira Casar
as The Girl
Alexandre Belin
as Wasteland Lover
Manuel Taglang
as Wasteland Lover
Claudio Carvalho
as Boy with Bird
Carolina Lopes
as Young Girl
Diego Rodrigues
as Boy Playing Doctor
P. João Marques
as Boy Playing Doctor
Bruno Fernandes
as Boy Playing Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Anatomy of Hell

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

The movie strongly suggests that to be gay is to be a misogynist, that all men wish to do violence to women and that being female is the same as being miserable.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Forget the Anatomy, this is just plain Hell.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Plays like porn dubbed by bitter deconstructionist theoreticians.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A ponderous but very, very explicit exploration of gender roles and fears that frequently seems like a parody of the genre.

Nov 11, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately less reminiscent of similarly themed efforts like Last Tango in Paris than of an explicit health education training film.

Nov 4, 2004

No one takes the fun out of sex like Catherine Breillat.

Nov 3, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anatomy of Hell

Awfully, sickening as it's shocking of two strangers explore the boundaries of sex and bad taste in this explicit and unseemly French import.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Anatomy of Hell", a heterosexual woman(Amira Casar) begins slitting her wrists in a nightclub bathroom when she is interrupted by a gay man(Rocco Siffredi). He escorts her to a clinic where she is patched up. They become acquainted and she invites him back to her place to view her in all her intimate glory. He is less than thrilled with the proposition until she offers to handsomely recompense him. He agrees to the offer.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Anatomy of Hell' is not a bad idea for a movie. For example, it is always a good thing when men and women exchange sexual information about their respective genders.(I learned a good deal about sex from my women friends in college.) But the movie wallows in pretentiousness and neither performer were apparently cast because of their acting ability. Catherine Breillat had already covered similar territory in the superior "Brief Crossing." I did think the tampon scene was informative, though. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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