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This is a brutal, occasionally inelegant film, but it pulls no punches and shines a stark, pitiless light on its subject.  -Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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“The words “sex” and “scandal” have made for rare bedfellows in France, where the private lives of politicians are usually confined to the tabloids, but hardly make the evening news. That all changed in May 2011 when IMF head and (the probable future President of France) presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York for sexually assaulting his hotel chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, sparking a court case, civil lawsuit and mega-sized media blitz that would put an end to his career as a public official. Revisiting L’affaire Strauss-Kahn three years later, and doing it with the wanton decadence of two guys who know their subject awfully well, director Abel Ferrara and star Gerard Depardieu offer up a racy and at times, uproarious portrayal of the incident that initially toes the line between performance piece and soft-core porn, before transforming into an auto-biopic where actor and character meld into the same massive body”. – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter.      

Ferrara has publicly flogged IFC Films for forcing him to deliver an R-rated version. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was recently on trial for sex trafficking. His ex-wife, Anne Sinclair (Jacqueline Bisset in the film), the current editor of the Huffington Post, French Edition says she is sickened by the film and accused it of being anti-Semitic. Much of the movie is shot in the real Manhattan house where Strauss-Kahn lived under house arrest.    Don’t miss this salacious, cinematic curio. 

Directed by Abel Ferrara. Written by Abel Ferrara Christ Zois. Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset & Drena De Niro. 108 min., 2014, U.S.A.

 

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