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Anatomy Of Hell [2004] [DVD]

Amira Casar , Rocco Siffredi , Catherine Breillat    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi
  • Directors: Catherine Breillat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VYF1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

French director Catherine Breillat directs this avante-garde sexual drama based on her own novel 'Pornocatie'. A woman (Amira Casar) goes into the toilets of a gay nightclub and attempts suicide by cutting her wrists. She is rescued from her fate by a gay man (Rocco Siffredi) who takes her to a pharmacy and sees that she is bandaged up. When he takes the woman back to her apartment, she makes an offer to the man: if he will watch her, simply watch her, for four nights, she will pay him for the task. As if to prove her belief that men - and especially gay men - hate and fear women, she sets out to disgust him with her body and her sexuality.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In those places where people mingle without meeting, where the techno beat controls the bodies' impulses, they dance, sway and blend in the primeval hydra of other men's bodies. In their sudden desire for each other, they are all men together, without the need of others. She is the Girl, breathtakingly beautiful, yet ignored by them. In the toilets, she cuts her wrists with a razor. Two thin, parallel lines that meet only in the blood welling up from them. And this is how they meet. He doesn't like women; she will pay him to look at her, as she says : -'From the angle from which she should never be viewed' - It will cost you,' he says - I'll pay you.' Four nights. In a house in the middle of nowhere, perched on the cliffs and whose front steps are lined by four columns. Four nights to confront each other, her against him. For the desirability of women arises from the way in which men look at them. Four nights to confront the unspoken, to explore what can't be shown: that which is secret. As in the Heb-rew of the Book of Genesis in which 'secret' is the same word as 'nudity', literally 'that which must not be seen'. Because the nudity of bodies pierces the nudity of souls and reveals their conscience. Intimacy is the greatest possible taboo that leaves you speechless.
...Anatomy of Hell (Uncut) ( Anatomie de l'Enfer )

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81 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING MOVIE 25 Sep 2005
In order to appreciate this movie one must watch it in conjunction with director's interview (offered as a special feature on DVD). Here, the female middle-aged director explains how our views of sexuality and obscenity are socially constructed and subject to change through the course of human history. When I first watched this movie, I was shocked and found it highly obscene. However, watching the director's interview made me realize that what we consider obscene today might not be regarded obscene tomorrow. The meaning of obscenity changes and is influenced by social, political and economic circumstances. I consider this movie thought-provoking and challenging. It made me re-think what constitutes male and female sexuality and the complexity of the politics of gender. The part I found particularly shocking is the scene with menstrual blood. Why should women be ashamed of their fertile blood? Why is menstrual blood considered impure? Why do we find a sight of menstrual blood in a movie upsetting and obscene when we all know that it's perfectly natural and constitutes female anatomy? Menstruation should be celebrated as a sign of a healthy female body that is capable of conceving and giving life - not regarded as filthy, dirty and messy. Instead of classifying this movie as "sick" and "perverted" - I see it as highly imaginative, philosophical and very challenging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm...... Yeah 7 April 2014
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Not sure what i feel about this film to be honest. Im not really shocked by it, yet its not for everyone i guess which i can totally understand. Not sure why a gay guy would be so inquisitive about women to go to such lengths or even care to be honest. the ending just seems bizarre. like a quick, lets just wrap this up now senario. Very strange.... Hmmmmmm.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly Overlooked - Provoking - Beautiful 1 Aug 2008
This movie is a sexual holocaust, but I'm still a believer that such rites of dehumanization do have a place in modern cinema. Someone had to do it, and the fact that it is directed by a woman gives her free license to obliterate the preconceptions of femininity and its plethora of powers and weaknesses. It paints a stark picture of the behavioral patterns which we're forced to adhere to in our day-to-day lives and attacks them in a very blunt fashion. I love it. It's confronting and unrelenting.

The French have always known how to gut their audience, and this movie is something I look upon as a challenge. Initially I was set on edge, and its unrelenting subject matter and subsequent exploration of the anatomical mechanisms of sexuality is something which I found to challenge my previous views in many ways.

Amira Caser is immaculate in her role, her simple facial expressions portray the complexities of the vulnerable state she allows herself to be placed in throughout the most confronting scenes, with simple and subtle gestures of fear and excitement showing glimpses for all those who choose to absorb this film fully.

Perhaps the fact that this movie stars prominent porn actor Rocco could taint its subject to the general audience, but the role he fills demands than he be comfortable and confident in his expression of explicit sexual materials and for this reason I believe he is perfectly suited for the part, and really not a bad actor at the end of the day.

My conclusion is that this film is more challenging and abrasive than any horror you've yet seen, and it takes a stronger being who is prepared to explore this topic brutally, without having it painted in a soft light, and for its honesty I must give it full credit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intense film 14 Feb 2014
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this was a great purchase and would buy it again in a heart beat... but it is not for the weak
very powerful film visually and psychologically
a must see
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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brilliant film,showing the history of her sexuality.
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star 1 * Star 2 * Star 3 * Star 4 * Star 5 * 25 Jan 2006
By Mist
I think that it is unwise to see the film if overly prejudiced by the suppositions and interpretations of others, especially when their attention only focuses on one aspect of the film i.e. the explicit shots or the menstrual blood scene. The movie is not simply about the visuals. This film is as much about words and ideology as the imagery is about fragility, beauty and censorship. The script is powerful and confronting and the dialogue is beautifully supported by the equally powerful visual aspects.
We become voyeurs on an exploration of myth, ideology, sexuality, and identity, going through as much of a revelation as the male lead does when personal ideology impacts with truth.
Breillat is hard hitting, and we feel the punches that she does not bother to pull. And why should she?
The audience becomes drawn into a complex world where the dialogue not only exists between the characters, but between the director and the audience, and in the final unreal sequence we realise that the message is already within us, whether transplanted or not.
Breillat ultimately reveals strengths to be weakness and weakness to be strength. Or is that merely prejudice?
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38 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shocking for the sake of it... 15 April 2005
WARNING, anyone easily shocked should not watch this film. It is one of the most explicit films I have ever seen outside of pornography! According to the packaging, this film explores 'what men really think about women, and what women really think about themselves'. Absolute rubbish, I'm sorry. If men hate women this much, then all would be homosexual, and if women think of themselves in such a way then they would all have committed suicide a long time ago. The director must have such a distaste for the female form, and must have had some terrible experiences with men if this is her view of life. Essentially, the film is about a woman who pays a homosexual man to 'explore' her body - intimately. And its more intimate than you could ever imagine. I have never seen such things done with a pitchfork or a stone, and frankly, never need to again! And one scene gives a whole new meaning to the drink 'Bloody Mary'. The adult scenes, whilst explicit, are by no means erotic and at times very vulgar and pointless. Its vaguely interesting, thankfully the film is ony 80 mins long.
I am not easily shocked by any stretch of the imagination, and do not agree with censorship, but this film in my opinion was made to shock. Know one but psychopaths would feel this way about a woman.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird gross crap!
I have to admit I skipped through chunks of this; it was very slow. I think I understood it and still thought it was weird, gross crap! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful
Very thoughtful movie....Please don't review negative about it unless you are able to really understand the core theme of this film and don't like it.
Published 5 months ago by Hasibul
1.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of Hell - Review
One of the worst films I ever seen. Silly in the extreme. Too long at 77 minutes. Catherine Breillat has made some interesting films but this is not one of them
Published 16 months ago by Bernard Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of the Feature Length
There is certainly confusion about the length of the film. I bought this version (Tartan DVD) at The cover of the DVD specifies the length as approx. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Satish Nimkar
2.0 out of 5 stars hard to stand
I did not bother to watch the movie to the end.
Not for me,I found the menstrual blood scene rather distasteful
Published on 29 April 2011 by Hard to Stand
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing
Intelligent, wonderfully filmed, self reflective and thought provoking (typo?). Real cinema, check it out for yourself.
Published on 2 May 2008 by M. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor film pretending to be thought provoking
Okay, this film is awful. I was not at all sickened by the explicit scenes. The story is unbelievable, acting awful, script woeful and the ending is just plain daft. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by Thoughtful reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!!
I have found alot of people didnt like this film because of it sshick content but if you are interested in gender exploration you should definitely try this...
Published on 10 Jan 2006 by Gazey
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