French Film ‘Ça Commence par la Fin,’ Too Risque For Cannes
May 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)—French cinema is known for its experimental and risqué love stories. But the steamy erotic film “Ça Commence par la Fin,” starring Michaël Cohen and Emmanuelle Béart is apparently too much for this year’s Cannes’ film festival. The organizers of the famed international event banned the showing of the film to audiences.
“Ça Commence par la Fin” is billed as a tale of the slow disintegration of a couple’s relationship. The racy film is based on Cohen’s novel by the same name. But it’s the graphic depiction of the couple’s early sexual encounters that set the Cannes’ organizers into a tizzy.
According to a report in the Guardian, the close-ups of sex scenes between the real-life husband and wife team of Cohen and Béart were viewed as too hot for Cannes:
“The new film, like Irréversible, tells its story in reverse and opens with the end of the relationship between Gabrielle and Jean, played by Béart and Cohen. The plot centres on the difficulty of terminating a damaging love affair. The intensity of the passion of the early days of the relationship haunts Cohen’s character and he repeatedly replays their early sexual encounters in his head. The screenplay for Ça Commence par la Fin is based on Cohen’s novel of the same name and is said to contain sustained close-ups of sex between the stars.”
Cohen doesn’t understand Cannes’ reaction to “Ça Commence par la Fin,” describing his provocative film, as a simple love story. “I don’t understand how a love story can provide such hatred on the part of certain viewers. It’s practical to be one’s own actor, one can allow everything, one doesn’t impose any limits on oneself,” said Cohen.
But Cohen shouldn’t be too concerned. The additional media attention the film is receiving because of its “banned at Cannes” status, should result in increased sales at the box office.