Black Venus (Venus Noire)
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A woman turned into a sideshow attraction by those who imagine themselves her superiors struggles to maintain her dignity in this drama based on a true story. Sarah "Saartjie" Baartma (Yahima Torres) was born in South Africa but found a certain fame in Europe in the first decades of the 19th century, as she was exhibited like a sideshow attraction by Hendrick Caezar (Andre Jacobs), who billed her as "The Hottentot Venus" and encouraged audiences to view her as part human, part animal. Baartma performed like a trained animal under Caezar's direction, and sometimes she… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Voyeuristic and powerful"
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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