Controversial French road movie – BAISE-MOI – out on dvd

Controversial road movie about two women who take revenge on men.

Exploring themes of gender, race, rape, class, poverty and punk rock, Baise-Moi follows Manu (a part-time porn star) and Nadine (a hooker), as they travel from southern France to Paris in a sexually charged and hideously violent road trip. After a chance meeting the pair bond over a mutual hatred of social expectation and a feeling of common angst – follow them on their now infamous path of robbery, orgiastic lust and murder.

Co-directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi, Baise-Moi was first released in the UK on 3rd May 2002. Based on the novel of the same name, written by Despentes, in addition to the film’s controversial subject matter, much was made of Baise-Moi‘s simplistic production values.

Filmed on location in Biarritz, Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille using digital video without additional lighting, the films low-budget look once again divided critics; while some thought it added to the film’s uncompromising style, others strongly disagreed, with the New York Post going as far as to state that it “looked like hell”

In French with English subtitles

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