Love Battles (Mes séances de lutte)

Feature Film | FR 2013 | 99' | Substitled English

Jacques Doillon has taken LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, the old Pat Benatar hit, very literally. The battle of the sexes is staged as an actual fistfight here – by deliberate agreement of both parties. Quite some time after their last encounter, a nameless man (James Thiérrée) and a nameless woman (Sara Forestier) meet again in an idyllic woods and grasslands setting. Her father has just died; he has recently revamped his house in the neighbourhood. Apparently, the two have had an affair at some point in the past. She goes on the offensive from the outset, partly to vent her anger at her father, who never gave her his love until his death. Verbal banter eventually segues into a physical tussle. There is as much and as passionate lashing out, kicking, and scratching as there is caressing, kissing, and fucking. Director Jacques Doillon (PONETTE) elicits the most breathtaking kicks-and-kisses choreography from his two fearless leads in a sequence in a mud hole. A game of pleasure and pain, dominance and submission, without any leather and sadomasochism clichés.

Producer
Daniel Marquet
Director
Jacques Doillon
Script
Jacques Doillon
Photography
Laurent Chalet, Laurent Fenart
Editor
Marie Da Costa
Sound Recordist
Ivan Dumas
Sound Mixer
Dominique Vieillard
Production Design
Anaïs Romand
Principal Cast
Sara Forestier, James Thiérrée, Louise Szpindel, Mahault Mollaret, Bill Leyshon

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Selected filmography Jacques Doillon

PETITS FRÈRES (1999), RAJA (2003), THE THREE-WAY WEDDING (2010), A CHILD OF YOURS (2012)