Writer of O
Writer of O (2005)

In 1954, one of the most notorious erotic novels of the 20th century was published -- The Story of O by Pauline Reage, which chronicled in breathless detail the intense sadomasochistic relationship between a submissive woman and a dominant… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A dry compendium of talking-head interviews interspersed with lackadaisical dramatizations of scenes from the novel.

Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Rapaport intersperses her reflections and those of people who knew her with dramatizations.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

[Aury] provides this talking-heads documentary with most of its vitality.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

It is a mash note from first-time filmmaker Pola Rapaport to Aury, but its attempts to dramatize passages of the book are at odds with Aury's advice that Story of O was a piece of writing 'not meant to be spoken.'

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

An illuminating examination of censorship and sexuality.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Because it doesn't have the heroic impact the filmmaker seems to have been looking for, she's forced to juggle, to diminishing returns. In the process, she raises more questions than she resolves.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The mystery of sex is dwarfed by the mystery of what French intellectuals are talking about.

William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Haunting and ultimately profound.

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[font=Century Gothic]"The Writer of O" is a slight documentary about the "Story of O", the controversial erotic novel published in France in… More