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Former porn filmmaker Jacques Laurent was, in the `70s, a thinking and artistic porn filmmaker -- a kind of auteur in erotic cinema. When his son found out what his father did for living, he ran away from home and refused to have any contact with his father. Laurent put an end to his career. Many years later, his financial problems meant he had to take up his old profession again. The profession had changed dramatically and there was no room for a legendary and original filmmaker like Laurent.

Cast & Crew

Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jacques
André Marcon
Louis
Titof
Franck
Josée Deshaies
Cinematographer
Laure Markovitch
Cinematographer
Romain Denis
Production Designer
Romane Bohringer
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Critic Reviews for The Pornographer

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (8)

  • Bertrand Bonello's grimly histrionic, richly symbolic, yet somewhat on-the-nose melodrama, from 2001, which looks at the human wreckage left by the burst illusions of France's generation of May, 1968.

    April 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I spent the first 30 minutes or so genuinely unsure about whether this film thought itself funny, willing it to favour knowing self-mockery, disappointed but not surprised when it plumped for high pretentiousness.

    August 8, 2002
  • The Pornographer does to its theme precisely what pornography does to sex -- it isolates specific parts while ignoring the bigger picture and the larger meaning.

    June 7, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A cool, thoughtful character study, in which pornography can be read as a metaphor for the practice of film-making.

    April 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The scenes in which the porno films are being made stand out, but with a 108 minute sit and an awkward narrative it isn't even salvaged by calling it French cinema.

    June 24, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bertrand Bonello's grimly histrionic, richly symbolic, yet somewhat on-the-nose melodrama, from 2001, which looks at the human wreckage left by the burst illusions of France's generation of May, 1968.

    April 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I spent the first 30 minutes or so genuinely unsure about whether this film thought itself funny, willing it to favour knowing self-mockery, disappointed but not surprised when it plumped for high pretentiousness.

    August 8, 2002
  • The Pornographer does to its theme precisely what pornography does to sex -- it isolates specific parts while ignoring the bigger picture and the larger meaning.

    June 7, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A cool, thoughtful character study, in which pornography can be read as a metaphor for the practice of film-making.

    April 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Quote not available.

    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The scenes in which the porno films are being made stand out, but with a 108 minute sit and an awkward narrative it isn't even salvaged by calling it French cinema.

    June 24, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pornographer

  • Nov 30, 2014
    In "The Pornographer," Jacques Laurent(Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a legendary pornography director, who suddenly stops with one fantasy left on the table, that of a human fox hunt. However, twenty years later, he gets back into director's chair. All goes well through most of the shoot, until the end when the assistants have to step up to complete the movie. At least things are going better with Jacques' son Joseph(Jeremie Renier) who is beginning a relationship with Monika(Alice Houri). "The Pornographer" is a dreary movie about a dreary man. Jacques' flaw is that he is thinking he is better than the movies he has made, with full pretensions of grandeur.(If this movie were actually smart and self-aware, then Joseph's story could actually be considered the movie that Jacques desperately wants to make, but that's giving it way too much credit.) In fact, he cannot think of the happiness that he has brought so many people through his work. Along these same lines, the movie, while occasionally sexually graphic, does ironically tend to be remarkably skittish towards sex in general.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2012
    A fascinating depiction of a man's regret when forced to re-enter a career that he gave up many years earlier. The pornography is merely the side story. This is a compelling personal reflection.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    An aged pornographer returns to the industry after a twenty-year hiatus while he attempts to reconnect with this estranged son and breaks up with his wife. Jean-Pierre Leaud is either a good character actor or has simply not aged well. The once handsomely intense Antonin Doinel is now he-of-the-chiseled-face with a French moroseness that makes him sad to watch. Most of this is appropriate for the character, but within the film, which wanders and suffers from too much melancholy, he merely depresses us further. The overall theme of the film may be either a condemnation of passivity or a statement about the direction of cinema over the last twenty or so years. Both themes have their problems and are inconsistently carried on. For example, Jacques does little to prevent his artistic porn film from being sullied by his producer, and his son's form of protest is silence. But both get no rewards when they break the bonds of passivity. So ... I don't get it. If the theme then is about the movie industry, then does Bonello really think that substance was really reigning supreme in the days before Katie Morgan? And if he's not focusing on porn in particular, then does he really think that substance reigned supreme when filmmakers were shooting <i>The Swarm</i>? Or any of the monster films of the fifties? You could say that this is simply a character study, but Bonello is clearly opening doors trying to get us to think about certain themes. He just fails to carry anything through with any consistency or clarity.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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