The Pornographer is a film that tires to be very controversial, but doesn't really help itself; this film could have been perfectly well told without the sex scenes which has had a 11 second cut due to the sexually explicit ending of the scene. To me, this just didn't need to be there. So the question begs; was this just trying to be a shocker to get more bums on seats at the cinema, or was there a real reasoning for it all?
Jacques Laurent (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a porn director who's made rather explicit movies right up to 1984, when he decided to end. He's now trying to come back to it all, but his attitude to have more humanity has been dismissed by his co-workers and he really can't get back in. This makes him rather disillusioned, and he leaves his wife, to build his own home.
The best thing to come out of it all is getting back in touch with Joseph, his son, who was disgusted by the work Jacques did. They really start to form a bond.
This film isn't the best really, it does get rather tedious and tiresome, with the sex scenes really the worst - they're wooden, especially the dialogue, worse than those clips from that show "Badly Dubbed Porn", which of course is a comedy skit of the industry. Does make you wonder if this was done for effect, to get more of an audience. I can imagine some adolescent rushing home trying desperately to hide this video to find there's very little of what he was looking for.
The storyline is good, but it really could have been better told, I did like the interview he had with the press at the end, but I just think it could have been a lot more interesting. You really need to be patient to watch this film.
The extras are not too good, you get a few interviews in text format, and the BBFC's statement. You also get a few filmographies - oh and the trailer.
Worth a rent, wouldn't buy this, it's not got that elastic "I'll watch it again" effect.