Exterminating Angels

2007

Exterminating Angels

Critics Consensus

Explicit and shocking, but there is no substance or statement on human behavior underneath the taboo-breaking.

49%

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Total Count: 45

32%

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User Ratings: 2,566
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Francois, a filmmaker, is preparing a thriller. During screen tests for a brief nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by the desire to contribute something new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes fiction and reality and centers on something which unexpectedly becomes an enigma and a taboo: the minor transgressions that are a source of pleasure. His research into eroticism raises basic questions. But, like Icarus approaching the sun, he only burns his wings.

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  • Mar 11, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Exterminating Angels", a film director, Francois(Frederic van den Driessche), decides that following an actress' bad experience involving a sex scene on his previous film, that he will make his next about female sexuality. Since there are sex scenes involved, his screen test will involve two parts, the first of which involves an actress masturbating on camera, but he has a hard time getting any woman to participate until he meets Julie(Lise Bellynck) in a neighborhood bar.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Exterminating Angels" is a seuxally explicit and thought-provoking movie that is not about sex per se. In reality, it is about no matter how casual or temporary a relationship is, be it a one night stand or making a film, there is always going to be a residual emotional connection. And sometimes people cannot help being hurt.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]However clear-sighted director Jean-Claude Brisseau may be about other facets of his movie, the character of the director still leaves something to be desired. Francois is staightforward and gentlemanly towards the actresses and complimented by them for being a good listener but if his sole purpose was to learn about female sexuality, then why not just hand his wife a 20-page questionnaire or simply listen to her?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The angels and dead grandmother almost push the movie into David Lynch and Wim Wenders territory. They were not necessary and even a little pretentious.[/font]
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