Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2010, Arrow Films, Arthouse

“A carnival tent of a film, where morbid fascination vies with shameful voyeurism. One of the strongest condemnations of racism, colonialism and misogyny in contemporary filmmaking.” -- Hollywood Reporter

Available for the first time in North America! Abdellatif Kechiche -- filmmaker of the highly controversial 2013 Cannes smash BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR -- also courted extreme reactions with this 2010 experimental biopic that provides a bleak but barbed exploration of sex, science, race, colonialism and social attitudes.

In the early 1800s, Saartjie Baartman (Cuban actor Yahima Torres, in a fearless role) was known in freakshow circles as the “Hottentot Venus”. Presented semi-nude, her physique -- especially her large buttocks -- were the source of much curiosity, but as her fame spread, so too did her exploitation...

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  • 162 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP
  • Blu-ray