23 October 2008

La Chatte à deux têtes (2002)

La Chatte à deux têtes

Jeste li kada isli u bioskop "Partizan"? Udjete u kino salu, nadjete zgodno mjesto i gledate porniće. A onda do vas sjedne neka kreatura i počne da drka kurac. Onako u mraku jedva razaznajete o kakvoj se kreaturi radi. Onda osjetite da vas dira medju noge. Radoznalost vas natjera da i vi uhvatite njega za kurac pa ako ste zadovoljni veličinom drkate jedan drugom dok traje film. Nakon svršavanja izadjete iz kino dvorane prije nego se upale svjetla. Nikada nećete saznati čiju ste kitu drkali!

E ovaj film vam priča priču baš o tome. Ako ste ikada bili u Parizu, znate gdje je Pigale. Kvart prepun sexy barova, porno bioskopa, sauna i naravno Moulen Rouge itd. Ulicama šetaju tranvestiti, kurve, pederi i svi vas nešto čupaju da idete sa njima u neki od barova ili nedje na sex.

U jednom od tih kina je snimljen i ovaj film koji mi više lići na dokumentarno svjedočanstvo porno bioskopa koji polako izumiru!

Director: Jacques Nolot
Writer: Jacques Nolot (written by)
Release Date: 20 November 2002 (France)
Genre: Drama

(Cast overview, first billed only)
Vittoria Scognamiglio ... Cashier
Jacques Nolot ... 50-Year-Old Man
Sébastien Viala ... Projectionist
Olivier Torres ... L'homme ŕ la robe jaune
Lionel Goldstein ... L'homme ŕ l'imper noir
Frédéric Longbois ... L'homme ŕ l'éventail
Fouad Zeraoui ... L'homme qui a cu sa dose
Jean-Louis Coquery ... L'homme nu
Raphaëline Goupilleau ... SDF...
Pascal Varley ... SDF...
Arben Bajraktaraj ... SDF...
Christine Paolini ... Fliquette
Matt Trahan ... Flic 1
Mark Duran ... Flic 2 (as Marc Durant)
Frédéric Franzil ... Gigolo

Also Known As: Glowing Eyes (International: English title)
Porn Theater (USA)

Runtime: 90 min
Country: France
Language: French, English subtitle

'La Chatte ŕ deux tętes' (PORN THEATER) is a somber study of a sector of life few know, an aspect of human sexuality that didn't make it into the Kinsey Report, a part of the underbelly of city life most would rather not accept existed. Does that mean it should not be examined, should not provide the impetus for an art film? Writer/director and actor Jacques Nolot thinks otherwise. In this dark little film we are invited into the inner sanctum of a dirty old movie house in Paris that shows only straight pornography for a clientele of men of various types: military men, straight men look for gay sex, married men in need of exploration of their senses, transvestites, old men for whom such places provide the only sexual outlet, and the regulars who spend their evenings in the dingy darkened atmosphere for anonymous sex.

The theater is a theater of life for these people, and the 'stage manager' is the sole female Italian ticket cashier (Vittoria Scognamiglio) who has seen every aspect of sexuality, embraced it, and therefore is wholly non-judgmental. She converses with her straight projectionist (Sébastien Viala) who is attracted to her on several levels, and with one of her regulars (Jacques Nolot), a man of fifty who is living with AIDS in a responsible way, but finds his only sexual outlet to be this theater scene. During the course of the film the cashier manages to discuss her open views of sexuality with these two men and the three of them seem headed for a communal experience.

This open view of human behavior is set with the background of the various acts within the theater. We watch transsexuals ply their wares, group encounters in bathrooms, and various odd approaches and rejections for gratification that in the end represent a group of men who find connection to each other as human beings far more difficult (?impossible?) than quick satisfaction in the dark. There is considerable frank acting out of encounters that are usually not seen on film and that may be more than the regular viewer can tolerate. But at least one director has the courage of Genet and Gide and Burroughs et al to tackle this subject matter in a wholly realistic way. The result is a film of social significance, even though it may not be for everyone. It is an art film, very well made, with a brave cast and an even braver writer and director. To not see it is to miss some important messages about human sexuality and about human needs too frequently dismissed as non-existent. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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