Sex Is Comedy


Sex Is Comedy

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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.

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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 Manager
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 (47) | Top Critics (22)

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

    Dec 24, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is.

    Dec 17, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful.

    Dec 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there.

    Dec 3, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.

    Dec 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sex Is Comedy

  • Jun 30, 2013
    This was a pleasant surprise. I have found many of Mdme Breillat's films tough going and have often failed to understand her purpose. This, however, was a fascinating study of the process of making a film that kept me entranced. The acting was excellent and the story may be her most accessible. From what I've read, it is somewhat autobiographical. But, as a study in the process, it ought to be required viewing in a film studies curriculum.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2013
    Fun character study of the perfectionist director.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    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 <i>State and Main</i>. The actors in <i>Sex is Comedy</I> seem willing and professional even though they are naturally uncomfortable. Overall, despite its title, <i>Sex is Comedy</i> isn't funny or particularly insightful, and its focus is on the least interesting and least appealing character in the film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    Not a comedy as such, but a interesting story and indeed study, of a writer/director, trying to get a scene she imagined right. the scene in question, a romantic scene between two people. but as we join the crew on this story all is not well, the director feels the two leads cast just dont have it, problems possibly personal, with male lead especially making some way into things. we watch as the set is left to stand around as filming stalls, and, retooling scene begins. its quite fasinating to watch at times, especially when nudity is brought into question, and actors doubts. the film deals well with behind the scenes going ons, its ups and downs. the leads all superb, bringing each their own. and film although stopping and starting due to the concept of a scene trying to get right, runs nicely. a interesting watch.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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