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(aka "Les anges exterminateurs" or "The Exterminating Angels" )

 

directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
France 20
06

 

After scandalizing France with 2002's Secret Things, controversial director Jean-Claude Brisseau returns with this semi-autobiographical story of a director whose curiosity leads to unexpected consequences. Francois is holding auditions for his upcoming film about female sexuality. He expects the process to be unconventional but could never predict the dangers... As his female cast embarks on a journey of intense physical pleasure-seeking they become emotionally involved with the director and with each other.

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From filmmaker provocateur, Jean-Claude Brisseau (Noche Blanche, Secret Things) comes THE EXTERMINATING ANGELS, a startling journey into the erotic. Director François (Frédéric van den Driessche) is fascinated by the link between taboo and female pleasure. Intent on making a film about the subject, he auditions a series of actresses, who enact their deepest, forbidden desires. Watched over by two fallen angels, François immersion into the world of his actresses fantasies threatens to destroy him. Brisseau's sexually charged film, whose philosophical inquiry into pleasures of the flesh is often leavened by the director s sly humour, is a provocative and intense experience.

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Theatrical Premiere: May 20th, 2006 (Cannes Film Festival)

 

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DVD Review: Mongrel Media / IFC - Region 1 - NTSC

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Mongrel Media / IFC

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:38:44
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Dolby Digital 2.0 (French)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mongrel Media / IFC

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Jean-Claude Brisseau and Lisa Garcia (42:24)

• Alternate Scenes with director Introduction (6:13)

• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2007
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Comments

NOTE: NOT to be, in any way, confused with Luis Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel.

I tried to figure this film out - but couldn't decide whether it had a viable moral message or was, simply, a modern-day Tinto Brass clone. 'Men can be corrupted by the female sex?' - no big revelation. It premiered at Cannes, eh? Hmmmm... I think it has the most female masturbation I've ever seen... including porn. Perhaps everyone is susceptible to the allure of, potential, fame - even impressionable actress-wannebes who, voluntarily, choose to compromise their intimacy to get a film job? Perhaps the film's ambiguity is intentional. I've thrown in the towel.

It's dual-layered and interlaced in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio (IMDb has it as 1.66:1) and looks modest with a low bitrate. I expect 1080P would improve the image demonstratively, but without a lot of research, I don't see it on Blu-ray anywhere. It doesn't look crisp, with compression issues, but is, reasoanbly, consistent in the SD format.

Lossy Dolby surround tracks in French DUB 5.1 surround and a stereo option. The film has little separation - a bit in the final scene and there is a haunting score by Jean Musy that benefits the film's serious moods and eroticism. You will also hear Alexis Pecharman's Sexy Ladies. There are optional English, white, subtitles (see sample below) on the NTSC DVD.

There is a 42-minute interview with writer/director Jean-Claude Brisseau and Lisa Garcia aka María Luisa García (the latter credited with the film's editing, production design and costume design.) There is also a 6-minute alternate scene with a director introduction. Lastly, is a theatrical trailer.

The film's final message made me angry. As a male I could appreciate the young, sexually stimulated, women but I'm still at a loss as to much of the themes. I don't think I can recommend it for anything more than the erotic elements. A  very strange undercurrent.

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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Region 1 - NTSC

 




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