People Walked Out of This Cannes Movie Because of Its Sex Scene

Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, the follow-up to director Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2017 film Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno was a real hit at Cannes if you liked gratuitous shots of women’s butts and a 20 minute scene of unsimulated cunnilingus. Unfortunately, a lot of critics were not a fan and walked out during the screening.

Kechiche said the film is intended “to celebrate life, love, desire, breath, music, the body.” He continued, “I’ve tried to show what really resonates within me to see bodies, tummies, the buttocks,” he continued. “What I have tried to do is to describe things through movement. I may appear facile. But they are quite magical. I wanted to film the magic of the body. It’s the metaphysical aspect of the body that I have portrayed.”

Coincidentally, these are the same talking points I use when I ask to film girls having sex. Though sometimes it’s hard to hear their answer when I’m standing on the other side of their bedroom window.

Critics say Kechiche is celebrating the male gaze and objectifying women’s bodies. Which an argument could be made if this breakdown of the film is true.

Kechiche also did Blue Is the Warmest Color so this wasn’t exactly shocking. That film was heavily criticized for its unrealistic portrayal of lesbian sex. Its star, Léa Seydoux, also accused Kechiche of pressuring her and co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos to reshoot sex scenes.

You can probably expect more of the same from Kechiche in the future as it looks like he’s unlikely to change his style. He’s basically the arthouse version of Bang Bus.

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