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Anatomy of Hell

Anatomy of Hell

A Feature film by Catherine Breillat

Produced by Flach Film

Release in France : 28/01/2004


    In places where people rub up against each other without ever meeting, where techno music pulsates and urges bodies on, they dance, they weave, they meld in a primordial hydra made up of male bodies.
    In the abrupt desire for the other, they are men among themselves, they’re all each other needs. She is the girl, breathtakingly beautiful, left on the sidelines. She slits her wrists with a razor blade in the restroom. Two fine parallel lines that only join in the blood that surges forth. And that’s how this couple meets. She’ll pay him, the man who doesn’t like women, to look at her, as she says, “Where she can’t be looked at.” He tells her it will cost her plenty. She’ll pay him.
    Four nights in a house in the middle of nowhere, perched on top of a cliff, and that we enter by steps bordered by four columns.
    Four nights in which they will confront each other, she and he. For it’s in the gaze of men that the obscenity of women takes shape.
    Four nights to face the unutterable, to explore the unshowable: that which is secret.
    As in the Hebrew of Genesis where “secret” also means “nakedness,” literally: that which we must not see.
    Because the nakedness of bodies pierces the nakedness of souls it reveals consciousness. Intimacy is the forbidden par excellence: that which leaves you dumbfounded.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Flach Film

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-production :

    CB Films

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean-François Lepetit

    Screenwriter :

    Catherine Breillat

    Sound recordists :

    Carlos Pinto, Felipe Gonçalves

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Alexandra Schamis

    Continuity supervisor :

    Fatima Ribeiro

    Costume designers :

    Valérie Guégan, Betty Martins, Catherine Meillan, Sanine Schlumberger

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 17 min

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    Dolby SR

    Rating restrictions :

    Under 16

    Posters (1)


    News (4)

    Festival Selections (16)

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2004

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2004)


    Panorama Section

    Dublin French Film Festival - 2004

    Dublin French Film Festival (Ireland, 2004)


    Official Selection

    Stockholm International Film Festival - 2004

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2004)


    World Cinema Section

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2004

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2004)


    Non-competitive Section

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2004

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2004)


    Week of French Cinema - films selected

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2004

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2004)


    French film selection

    TIFF - 2004

    TIFF (Canada, 2004)



    Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 2004

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 2004)


    Feature Film Forum

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2004

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2004)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

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