Exterminating Angels


by Tuna

Exterminating Angels (2006) is the latest erotic drama from Jean-Claude Brisseau.

A director is trying to cast his latest film project, wherein he hopes to get to the bottom of what women want sexually and how they go about getting it. The script will actually grow out of the casting sessions, and rehearsals. He wants a great deal of improv among the actresses so it doesn't become a film about his fantasies. It proves difficult to find women willing to participate in the casting sessions because they include nude masturbation. Further, the film is to include girl/girl/girl footage. He finds actress one, who effortlessly masturbates to two climaxes in front of him. Actress two asks to meet him in a restaurant, where she precedes to masturbate under the table. He commands her not to come yet, as he has invited her costar. It has become triply exciting, as a waitress has figured out what is going on, and is clearly excited by it.  When the other actress arrives, the two play under the table, but again our director orders them to wait for orgasms until they can be alone, and takes them to a hotel room where we have two remarkable girl/girl scenes. He decides he needs to cast a third, who ends up being the waitress. We are also treated to her masturbation scene and a three way among the three women.

Once the cast is assembled, things do not go smoothly, which had been predicted by many metaphysical omens throughout the film, including dead grandmothers, female muses, and announcers randomly saying cryptic things.

Most critics talk about the sexuality, and how successful the scenes were, and call the film engrossing, but very few tried to explain what the film was trying to convey. It is possible that there is no simple answer to that question. A female acquaintance once explained to me that men were simple, but women were more complicated. That might well be the main message of this film.



by Uncle Scoopy

 ... or possibly it has no message at all, and is just a French B-movie for the raincoat crowd, created by an auteur acting out his own sexual fantasies.

Whether or not it has a message, one thing is certain: it has no audience. It grossed $23,000 in the entire United Sates.


The nude scenes are long and explicit, with one exception: Apolline Louis, playing a replacement actress, only shows a brief glance of her breasts. The principals, Maroussia Dubreuil, Lisa Bellynck and Marie Allan all show everything, alone and together.


46 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
54 Metacritic.com (of 100)


Box Office Mojo. It played in a grand total of two theaters in the entire United States. Even that spread it thin. It grossed $23,000 - about $3,000 per theater per week, or 20-25 people per screening. One of the two theaters held it over for a third week and it grossed $547



6.2 IMDB summary (of 10)


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


It works equally as erotica, and in the peculiarly French genre of mainstream art films with explicit sexual content.



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* Region 1 features not yet announced