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SIFF 2011 Movie Review: Man at Bath

It's softer than hard core porn, and harder than soft core porn, so I guess that makes this movie medium core amateur porn with lots and lots of unimportant filler that looks like it's trying to be artsy-fartsy and failing undramatically? Not the most gracious of descriptions but really, that's about it. Two lovers are parted when one goes to New York and the other remains behind in France, the relationship apparently at an end. Each goes on a journey to forget or replace the other, but neither one truly succeeds. It's kind of a odd and pointless sort of film and definitely will not appeal to a lot of people. We had at least 10-15 people walk out of the press screening, most of them fleeing at the first sight of a penis, which has�many sightings throughout this film. I personally found it more mildly tedious and blas� than anything else. If there had been an intent to shock, it utterly failed to do so for me. But the real killer is the fact that you just don't really care about anybody in this film. They all seem rather self-centered and self-indulgent. We skip through time and place randomly, which only adds to the general confusion and chaos of the story. The arty moments for the most part just feel drawn out and, like the characters, self-indulgent, with only a few rather ironically funny moments, some of which are intentional along with others that probably were not. France, 2010 (72 minutes) Director: Christophe Honor� Cast: Fran�ois Sagat, Chiara Mastroianni, Rabah Zahi Actor Fran�ois Sagat scheduled to attend. Festival Screenings 9:30 PM Wed, May 25 Egyptian Theatre 4:30 PM Thu, May 26 Egyptian Theatre

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