Review: ‘The Sexual Life of the Belgians 4: Pleasure and Hysteria’

In the fourth outing in a diminishing series, radical thinker and filmmaker Jan Bucquoy is up to his old tricks, with the influence of Jean-Luc Godard stronger than ever. A poor video-to-film transfer won't help this maverick find an audience for his new film, in which he preaches a doctrine of radical politics, including a call for a coup d'etat in Belgium in May 2005, while making himself a nuisance to the actresses appearing in his non-film.

In the fourth outing in a diminishing series, radical thinker and filmmaker Jan Bucquoy is up to his old tricks, with the influence of Jean-Luc Godard stronger than ever. A poor video-to-film transfer won’t help this maverick find an audience for his new film, in which he preaches a doctrine of radical politics, including a call for a coup d’etat in Belgium in May 2005, while making himself a nuisance to the actresses appearing in his non-film.

Troubled by piles and failed erections, the overweight, balding filmmaker still comes on strong to his female collaborators, but gives them a chance to have their say. He acknowledges the dead end into which he’s heading when he advises an actress unwilling to disrobe not to worry because few people see his films anyway. A troubling moment is the revelation, after he has interviewed his outspoken, lesbian daughter, Marie, that she has committed suicide. Film is dedicated to her.

The Sexual Life of the Belgians 4: Pleasure and Hysteria

Belgium

Production

A Transatlantic Films/De Smet Films production. (International sales: Brussels Ave, Brussels.) Produced by Jan Bucquoy. Executive producer, Carine Timmermans. Directed, written by Jan Bucquoy.

Crew

Camera (color), Bucquoy, Nathan Sartiaux; editor, Severine De Streyker. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 17 , 2000. (In Cannes Film Festival --- market.) Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Jan Bucquoy, Evelyne Letwe, Marie Bucquoy, Gail Verjasselt.

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