Directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi, starring Rraffaela Anderson, Karen Bach, Delphine McCarty, Lisa Marshall and Estelle Isaac.
Based on director Virginie Despentes novel of the same name, 'Baise-Moi' is at first glance a psycho-sexual road movie that gradually unfurls into something much bigger. We are introduced separately to two women with a tenuous link to society whose lives are as lousy as they are violent. Both are pushed to brink when Nadine (Karen Bach) kills her flat-mate and Manu (Raffaela Anderson) is gang-raped, turning her misdirected hatred on her brother whom she murders. After a chance encounter, the two begin a nihilistic rampage of sex, drugs and murder.
There was some discussion as to whether the film would actually get a release in this country and it's not difficult to see why. It's an extraordinarily disquieting film to watch but not always for the most obvious of reasons. Both actresses are real-life porn stars, so all of the sex scenes - many very graphic - are real. The violence is random and predominantly directed at men who they deem disrespectful or pathetic. The real reason most people will find it offensive is because the perpetrators of such sickening calculated violence and dangerously promiscuous sex are women.
It sounds like the ultimate feminist flick, and in many ways it is. Society has always dictated that the roles acted out by these women are patriarchal ones honed by men and usually directed at women. Despentes astutely abstains from condemning the women directly except through news reports about their killing spree. This is definitely not the kind of 'Thelma and Louise' fantasy revenge or 'girls-get-their-own-back film we have seen before. It's about women who fight back against poverty, gender, rape and violence by re-routing a lifetime of aggression directed at them back at society.
It's difficult to say who will like the film; as it will either divide audiences on gender, content or both. Women will probably like it, depending on how much the violence affects them, men may be offended by the senseless brutality towards male characters - but the porn scenes will help to take their minds off that. A harrowing, adrenalin-fuelled stab to the chest, it's a stunning film you won't forget in a hurry, however you view the role of cinema.