Black Venus (Venus Noire) (2011)
Critic Reviews for Black Venus (Venus Noire)
Tunisian born...director Abdellatif Kechiche ("The Secret of the Grain") has been making films about the immigrant experience in his adopted France, all involving theatricality of one form or another.
It may not cover any new ground (we've seen this all before in The Elephant Man and even King Kong...), but Black Venus certainly gives the audience more than enough time to ponder the larger questions it raises.
Audience Reviews for Black Venus (Venus Noire)
A devastating and emotionally exhausting film that exposes without concessions (almost like a documentary and with the use of extreme close-ups) the real-life suffering of a poor woman brutally exploited, humiliated and treated like an animal for other people's pleasure.
'Black Venus'. Based on the story of Sarah Baartman, whose body was sickeningly, and continuously exploited by all the men in her life at the turn of the 19th century. Confronting, saddening, very difficult to watch at times, with an astounding lead performance. Did run a little too long though.
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