French filmmaker Jean-Claude Brisseau once again explores the nexus of the body, the mind and the soul in this sensual drama. Sandrine (Carole Brana) has become vaguely dissatisfied with her life, but isn't fully aware of the depth of her ennui until she strikes up a conversation with stranger in the park who discusses his philosophy of the emotional dead end that traps so many in this day and age. Newly aware of the rut she's fallen in, Sandrine leaves behind her job and an unfulfilling relationship with her boyfriend before encountering Greg (Arnaud Binard), a psychiatrist who is an advocate of hypnotic therapy. Sandrine allows Greg to use his techniques to help her tap into the depth of her erotic desires, and when she meets Sophie (Lise Bellynck), Greg's former lover who is willing to share tales of her own sexual explorations, Sandrine embarks on an odyssey to embrace the outer limits of her carnal imagination. A L'aventure was the third film in a trilogy of erotic tales from Jean-Claude Brisseau, following Les Anges Exteminateurs (aka The Exterminating Angels) and Choses Secretes (aka Secret Things).
Disc #1 -- A l'Aventure 1. In a Cage [5:11] 2. Unsatisfied [5:02] 3. Cafe Meeting [5:47] 4. No More Lies [4:12] 5. Void [5:37] 6. Learn to Love [4:27] 7. Old Friend [5:12] 8. Taking Commands [3:57] 9. Being a Slave [6:37] 10. The Stars [7:38] 11. Going Under [9:28] 12. Being a Baby Again [5:19] 13. Going Deeper [5:05] 14. Extreme Pleasure [7:59] 15. The Road Home [6:23] 16. Humble Home [4:20] 17. Violent Ecstasy [6:18] 18. "I Don't Know" [3:12] 19. End Credits [1:39]
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More than 1 year ago
In attempting to understand and overcome the hypocrisy of a strong-willed woman who has no shame in exploring her sensuality, with no intention of inflicting emotional pain, this film captures such a moment. The central character is doing just that (what the conventional mind would applaud in a man but will condemn in a woman). The film makes a contribution to that alternative perspective. The film can be visually stunning at times and with an intriguing additional dimension. It is well worth watching.