Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin

(Les salopes ou le sucre naturel de la peau)
Canada 2018. Dir: Renée Beaulieu. 97 min. DCP

“This daring and strong film with a powerful and generous lead performance will trouble many and liberate others ... It has a new message to deliver.”
ODILE TREMBLAY, LE DEVOIR

“A rich and layered drama ... There’s a frankness and a raw carnality to Les Salopes that is too rare in cinema.”
PAT MULLEN, POV MAGAZINE

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Is female desire the last taboo? Women’s sexual pleasure is the subject (not the object) of writer-director Renée Beaulieu’s fearless second feature — which originated, she says, from a wish to see more women, and more positive depictions of female sexuality, on movie screens. Rarely have we seen the sexual agency and carnality of middle-aged women portrayed with such frankness! Brigitte Poupart, in a courageous, commanding performance, is Montreal wife, mother, and professor of dermatology Marie-Claire, who has started investigating whether sexual pleasure is measurable in skin cells. That research interest, plus an “open marriage” arrangement with her husband, has her avidly pursuing extramarital sex, untrammeled by strings or guilt. But a chain of events, including a #MeToo scandal at her university, threatens to break down the barriers carefully separating Marie-Clair’s domestic, professional, and intimate lives. Les Salopes is the year’s boldest Canadian film.


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“Courageous ... Brigitte Poupart delivers a glorious performance.”

La Presse | full review