The Pornographer
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A man who traded in his artistic ambitions for commercial success now finds himself at a personal and professional impasse in this drama. Jacques (Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a filmmaker who in the 1970s directed a number of top-grossing porno movies; more than two decades later, Jacques's struggles to get out of adult movies into something more satisfying have not borne fruit, and his efforts to make porn films that are more sensual and less obvious don't go over well with his producers. Jacques would just as soon get out of the business and complete a more personal project he was forced to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"not just a study of how porn has degenerated from adult-oriented love stories to rank perversion, it's also a film about how the movies themselves have changed"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The theme of silent passivity runs throughout the film, so Bonello must have wanted to make some kind of statement with it. The effect is merely alienating."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
"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."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Only fans of the most pretentious, dull French cinema will even remotely like this film."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"The film seems to be intent on the subversion of what most people consider obscene or shocking. By all means, if you are most people, have a look. All others should catch a nap."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"You wouldn't want to spend a mere 15 minutes with porn filmmaker Jacques Laurent ... and The Pornographer runs 106."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Linda Ruth Williams, Sight and Sound
"A cool, thoughtful character study, in which pornography can be read as a metaphor for the practice of film-making."
‑ Tom Dawson,
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