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Rape Me (Baise-Moi)
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"No, fuck YOU"
1 stars

Talk about a lot of sound and fury... "Baise-Moi" (i.e. "Rape Me" or "Fuck Me") comes from France, a country which, having since brought us the enchanting "Amelie," has already redeemed itself for having exported this absolute crud. Just imagine a porno version of "Thelma & Louise" made by a French feminist Quentin Tarantino, and you have the basic idea of this movie's gaudy awfulness. And how thematically confused it all is.

Baise-Moi belongs to that breed of film that exists primarily to shock the hell out of the audience, and there's no doubt that our female(!) directing team, who shot it all in digital video for that gritty, immediate effect, are trying very hard indeed. Ten minutes into this movie and you're treated to an exceedingly graphic rape scene, complete with close-ups of actual penetration. It's supposed to be horrifying--but instead it's strangely tepid, possibly because, between the digital video and the shaky camerawork, the scene rather strongly resembles a porn loop.

It's fairly certain the directors didn't have that in mind, for Baise-Moi is in fact a feminist commentary on male cruelty--sort of. Kind of. Maybe. Soon after the stage-setting rape scene, our two female protagonists, having been victimized by the patriarchy, set out on a bloody cross-country road trip, using their bodies to lure horndog men to their deaths left, right, and center. Here, Baise-Moi promptly disintegrates into pure exploitation, leaving behind virtually all traces of theme and characterization while it fills the screen with sex and violence. Narrative coherency suffers as a result. Not since The Killer have I seen a foreign-language film with such an impressive body count. As in The Killer, the violence becomes monotonous after a while. Shock largely depends on surprise--and after a quarter-hour of Baise-Moi, you're no longer surprised by anything.

The repeated stabs at realism--there are a lot of close-ups--fall utterly flat. The violence, though undeniably graphic, tends to look cartoonish. There's something juvenile about the whole thing; you keep imagining the directors rubbing their hands with glee at all the naughtiness they're putting on the screen. It doesn't help that they usually have bad French punk music playing whenever hell breaks loose. The lame soundtrack even begins functioning much like the Jaws theme--you hear guitars wailing in the background, and you just know somebody's gonna get it.

The entire movie suffers from its schizophrenic approach. On one hand you have the rapes and the blowjobs and the women shoving handguns up men's asses. On the other, you have cheesy slow-mo shoot-outs and, in one particularly misconceived scene, stupid in-joke banter about bad film dialogue. This is decidedly not a movie that called for the breaking of the fourth wall. It's enough to make you wonder whether Gallic fears about American cultural imperialism might have some solid basis after all.

In the end, it's just too flashy to be realistic and too realistic to be flashy. It all leads to a botched, pointless ending--and what you're left with is not a profound feminist statement but a bloody and empty spectacle.

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originally posted: 03/23/02 22:48:07
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11/13/07 damalc to herolder, yeah, 70 minutes of just killing would have been great (sarcasm) 3 stars
6/12/07 al smith total porn shite 1 stars
8/16/04 Herolder Good acting, but would have been better without the porn scenes 3 stars
6/15/04 Daveman I'm a teenager but I still thought this was totally, tasteless, unpleasant and unnecessary. 1 stars
5/17/04 tatum Makes "Thelma & Louise" look like "Laverne & Shirley" 4 stars
12/15/02 fickmeister wow a film that will appeal to both men and women...for different reasons of course! 5 stars
9/16/02 Chancey Sugarpants Became way too monotonous after awhile. It actually started to bore and annoy me. 1 stars
7/27/02 sdjfsdkjf for fat ugly male virgins only. Awful. Those women are DOGS. Typical frog film. 1 stars
5/29/02 Vladimir Escalante Go and see it! 4 stars
5/28/02 mattski feebly bad, gives films a bad name. avoid 1 stars
11/03/01 Joe Blow Awesome 5 stars
10/06/01 hassey i want to see 5 stars
9/04/01 adel dashti 2 stars
7/02/01 Trixie This movie fucking rocked my world. Put your drawers on now and go see it! 5 stars
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