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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Women discuss ways to "play" the game of love, a la The Rules -- as if deceit and strategy are the name of the game.
Positive Role Models
A couple engages in an illicit extramarital affair. A kept woman beds men to maintain a certain lifestyle; she also pursues a married man even when he tries to cut off ties.
Violence & Scariness
Two men shoot at each other during a duel over a woman's affections. Later, that same woman slashes her lover's cheek in what's supposed to be a playful manner.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of scenes with partial or nearly full nudity (breasts and backsides are bared; couples are shown in a variety of sexual positions). Lots of moaning and guttural sounds made during sex. Some sexually tinged scenes involving blood. Two women kiss briefly.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking in social situations. A woman smokes a cigar in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens probably won't be clamoring to see this this mature, subtitled drama. It's plenty lusty (including fairly graphic sex scenes with partial and near-full nudity) and doesn't shy away from examining what lies behind obsessive sexual attraction. Married men and women engage in illicit trysts, and some relationships are painted coldly, with sex as the fuel rather than love. And even when it is love that inspires affection, it doesn't seem to be able to triumph over lust. There's also some drinking and smoking and fairly minor violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Catherine Breillat's film is beautiful to behold, but the story is far from lovely. Here, love -- or is it lust? -- is bared in all its ugly complexities. It's fascinating material, and for a time, it holds -- no, demands -- viewers' attention. But in the end, it's aridly told, despite all the bare breasts and behinds and languorous sex scenes. Instead of seeing Ryno and Vellini's obsession build and unfold, the film revisits their relationship in flashbacks that go on for much too long. The back-and-forth strips the film of any sense of urgency or passion.
That said, Argento gooses the film; she's as bold as bold can be and perfect for her role. But everyone else pales in comparison, though the gossips who trail her and Ryno's journey are a guilty pleasure.
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