Anatomy of Hell
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A ponderous but very, very explicit exploration of gender roles and fears that frequently seems like a parody of the genre."
‑ Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune
"Her latest, Anatomy of Hell, doesn't so much straddle the fine line between art and porn as balance, bleeding, on the knife's edge between trenchant and pretentious."
‑ Nathan Lee, Film Comment Magazine
"I hate this movie, but only because it hated me first."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"One of the most groundbreaking films in recent memory in terms of both the explicitness of its sexuality and its commitment to such an austere intellectual discourse."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Forget the Anatomy, this is just plain Hell."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Ultimately less reminiscent of similarly themed efforts like Last Tango in Paris than of an explicit health education training film."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A waste of cinema, and of precious time."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Breillat reduces sexuality to the basest coupling of body parts, and Anatomy of Hell reduces film to freak-show voyeurism."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Given that [Breillat's] premise is that all men are guilty and all women are victims in the same manner, the film becomes a ridiculous socio-political rant, not a drama about the complexity of real life."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Plays like porn dubbed by bitter deconstructionist theoreticians."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"No one takes the fun out of sex like Catherine Breillat."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The ultimate lesson being taught isn't how homosexuality can be transposed to kinky hetero sex games."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Vagina dialogue this may be, but it seems much more like a bunch of arse."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"It offends because it is so empty-headed and seemingly gratuitous in the sludge it offers up."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
More reviews for Anatomy of Hell on Rotten Tomatoes

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