Catherine Breillat has made a career out of showing sex from a woman's point of view. She also manages to present sex in a somewhat boring light and that is no easy task. Many of her films take a cereberal look at sexuality and can be interesting and suprising. Sex is Comedy - which is neither sexy nor a comedy - is about directing a sex scene in a movie and therefore is probably her most autobiographical film. It's also her least stimulating film.
Anne Parillaud plays Jeanne a woman director who is making a film about a guy who seduces a young woman into having sex with him. There are two scenes that we see Jeanne and her crew prepare and shoot. The first takes place on a beach; the next scene in a bedroom.
In each scene Jeanne has to work hard to coax her stars to do the scenes properly. It's a tough task because the two stars - played by Gregoire Colin and Roxane Mesquida - don't much like each other. What's more the male lead is very stubborn and resists being directed and the female star doesn't like to do nude scenes.
Jeanne [who is obviosuly playing Catherine Breillat] must contend with the obstacles presented by the actors and the usual vicisittudes of making a film as well as getting across the story she is tryng to tell. It's not easy.
The film's final scene - in which Gregoire Colin has to wear a prosthetic penis and the big sex scene finally plays out - is the best part of the movie. Everything prior to that is only mildy interesting.
Sex is Comedy is ultimately pretty flat from beginning to end. All the actors are stiff and the scenes play out in a lethargic manner. Anne Parillaud has the best role and therefore is the true center of the film. But it's not enough to make the film better.
The DVD is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio [NTSC Region One] and has been enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The image looks very good.
Audio is in French stereo surround. Subtitles are offered in English, French and Spanish
There are a few IFC film trailers.
Sex is Comedy is neither sexy nor a comedy. Instead it is a rather slow and uninvoving film about the making of a film. The film will most likely only be appreciated by Catherine Breillat or Anne Parillaud fans. The DVD has little to offer but looks and sounds good.