Black Venus (2010)
aka Vénus noire First screened in August 2015 / Most recently screened in January 2019
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn, François Marthouret, Michel Gionti, Jonathan Pienaar, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Ralph Amoussou, Alex Serman, Rémi Martin. Screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche, with Ghalia LaCroix. Twitter Capsule:(2015)
More daring and ambitious than Blue Is the Warmest Color, and more visually rich. About the saddest bio imaginable.
Surely a horror to film but Saartjie's lives as thwarted subject and abused object emerge potently. Torres is heroic.
Hard to imagine a film engaging more dangerous material. Its unflinching gusto could seem heedless but strikes me as brave, rare, and revelatory.