Baise-Moi comes with a savage bite. It wants to shock and upset and one guesses from the reaction it received, it certainly achieved its aim. There is no real plot to it but you have to celebrate the film for the sheer rawness of its anarchy and energy. Like Thelma and Louises screenwriter Callie Khouri, it is directed and written by two women who sure as Hell are angry about things the way they are about men being abusive and jerks, about people who have while others dont, about bourgeois values, about simply desiring to live in a world of casual free sex. The two girls blow away whoever takes their whim from abusive boyfriends to cops to gunstore clerks (to get more guns) to a woman with an ATM card. A guy in the street calls out Want to feel me balls slapping against your ass? and is promptly shot right there. In an hilariously nasty scene, they pick up a guy in a casino he doesnt want to fuck with a condom so Raffaela Anderson gives him head and then throws up over his crotch and they then kick his head in. In the films most outrageous scene, they eliminate a roomful of people in a sex club including a nasty Deliverance (1972)-modelled scene where they make one jerk squeal like a pig then place the gun up his rectum and blow his head off.
The two girls spend as much time indulging in casual sex as they do in murder and mayhem. What takes one aback here is the explicitness of the sex. There is none of the coyness of knowing that it is actors mimicking sex that one finds in softcore US films like 9½ Weeks (1986) or Basic Instinct (1992). When the two lead actresses are fucking there is no doubt that that real penetration is occurring, there is no doubt that they are giving head in reality we see cocks going in and out of mouths in explicit closeup detail with no coy cuts between body doubles and actressess faces. (Our first full vaginal penetration shot comes rather alarmingly in the midst of a rape scene). European cinema has been trying to push this taboo line of showing actual penetrative sex on screen for some time now with the likes of Lars von Triers The Idiots (1998) and Catherine Breillats films such as Romance (1999) and Anatomy of Hell (2004). To this extent, director/original writer Virginie Despentes has gone out and recruited two actresses (Raffaela Anderson, Karen Back) from the porn industry (and unlike most porn performers, they are fairly good actresses too. Co-director/writer Coralie Trinh Thi is even a porn actress as well). In the same way that mainstream cinema keeps trying to push this taboo envelope, porn cinema has equally been striving for a legitimacy Baise-Moi seems like a happy meeting ground between the two. The film interestingly co-opts porn style filmmaking, although the intent is clearly to do anything other than show the sex scenes in an erotic or titillating light.
Baise-Moi is raw, ragged and carries an exhilaratingly nasty kick as any film one has seen in some time. There is none of the visual excess of Natural Born Killers or the widescreen Hollywood flourish of Thelma and Louise. The stripped-back minimalism gives the film a purity even though the violence looks fake, the film has a rawness and an immediacy that a bigger budgeted attempt would have killed. The film even carps at its lack of affect in one scene, one of the girls conducts a shooting and then bemoans the lack of wry one-liners she has: Fuck, were useless wheres the witty dialogue? ... People are dying, the dialogue has to be up to it. Baise-Moi is a wish fulfilment fantasy of liberation through taboo breaking and anarchic violence one loved it and for all the wrong reasons. But that is the very pleasure of films like this they allow one the exhilarating liberation of seeing the taboo ideas that everybody dreams of sometime or another enacted out.
(Winner in this sites Top 10 Films of 2000 list).
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