The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Visages villages
Happy End
A Ghost Story
Battle of the Sexes
It's all about me/you/us

Black & White & Sex

Australia, 2011 | John Winter
Pamela Biénzobas checked in from Paris to see Black & White & Sex, an international premiere from Australia.

I'm Angie and I'm a sex worker. Of course my name is not Angie, but you already know that, don't you? Even if you can't help asking... You can choose to believe whatever you want: I can be who-ever you wish. I say 'I' all the time, don't I? In fact, why am I the one doing all the talking, when you're supposed to be interviewing me? I have to stand up to you and take control, because that's what you want. I know it. That's my job, to know what you want.

But in the end, I'm just like you see me. I'm what you make of me. In my diversity, I'm supposed to represent us all. 'Us', all the 'I''s like me. All those who choose to call themselves Angie or whatever you want it to be, honey. Isn't it disturbing how, no matter the shape, size, age or style, all the Angie's say the same things, in the same way? We're all the same, aren't we? All for one and one for all, we're just a category. You put me in front of the camera, and — you're the client — I'll be whatever you want, even before you ask for it.

It's that we both know that it's not about me. It's all about you. All about you, mister filmmaker. You, filmmaker within the film. You, filmmaker of the film. You want to play cool; you want to be the open, liberal-minded guy who takes interest in someone like me. (There we go again, 'like me'.) But at the same time you want some fun. You knew we would soon start this little game of control and manipulation. Paying someone puts you in control... apparently. But you know I'm no silly ingénue, and that I will never lose control. But let's play along. Anyhow, it's nothing new. When I'm working, I spend my time doing exactly that: Keeping tight control of the situation, and at the same time making you think you're in control. I sometimes wonder if you really buy it. I'm pretty sure you don't, but anyhow, you keep coming back for more.

Did you notice about the 'you', there? Yes, it's exactly like that 'I', I'm talking to you, my sweet little interviewer, and I'm talking to 'you', all that huge category of potential clients, or simply of normal people who are curious about all the 'I's'.

Because you also want to represent 'everyone', don't you? You're sort of pretentious in your humble plans. You don't admit it openly, but you want to ask me what you think everyone wants to know, so that means you think you know what everyone wants to know. Wasn't there a film called something like that? Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask, right? But you don't want to play Woody Allen. You're too serious for that. You are the serious type, or at least you want to seem so. You're the boss here. All these people controlling the cameras, the lights, the sound... You need them to look up to you. What's with you? You are so self-conscious, but it's me whose being exposed here, not you. But then again, it's not about me; it's about you. So I guess it's my turn to expose you. You haven't asked yet, and you won't. You'll even resist, but once again that's just part of the game. We both know (perhaps I know it a bit faster than you, it comes with the trade) that that's what you're paying me for.

Come on! Say something, do something, help me out a bit. I'm starting to repeat myself here and I'm getting bored. Won't the others get bored as well? I guess it's my job (yes, I am conscientious when it comes to work) to try to avoid that. But standing here in front of you, with those four same cameras pointing at me... I'm not too sure if it will keep the interest alive all along the film. Even if you change the way you see me. Even if I change along the way — a clever, original and even humble idea, in a way, since it's your way of admitting you can't grasp me.

I know what you're doing is honest. Even if I provoke you and tease you and fight back, I know you have good intentions. Otherwise I wouldn't be here, and you know that. But you have a funny way of doing it. You act so foolish. Unprofessional, sort of. I'm not going to tell you how to do your job, but I'm not sure if you're such a good filmmaker, you know? At least not right now, I'm not that sure what you really care about is the film. I mean, you're like so many of those who pay me for my services: You really want a therapist! Your confession in the end makes it clear, of course. I really didn't see that one coming; I've got to admit. Wow, really...

Anyhow, as I was saying, you strike me as a bit of a lazy director, standing there, barely conducting the interview, and just recording this from the same points of view. But I like the style of what I see. I like the black and white image, so sexy, so glossy. Isn't it a bit cliché, though? Of course, I'm one big cliché! Even if I guess the idea is to go beyond the cliché and find out what I'm really like. But you didn't even get the question right. You think you want to know what I'm really like, but there you go again: You're talking about that collective 'I', and if (and that's one big IF!) I was to let you look a bit deeper, that wouldn't help you to understand any other 'I' but me.

You know, some people say that films are a way of traveling. But you don't need to go very far to find me. I'm everywhere, in every corner of the world, in every society and epoch. Yes, Angie is everywhere, is anyone, is yours. But ME, I'm nowhere. Not for you, honey. You'll never find me, 'cause you'll never know who I am.

Pamela Biénzobas

Black & White & Sex (John Winter, Australia 2011, 94')



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Black & White & Sex

Februari 2012 #340

Slow Criticism 2012

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B-52
B. LOVE COLDER THAN DEATH
B. MONKEY
BAADASSSSS!
DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX
BAARÌA
BAB EL-OUED CITY
The Babadook
BABAJI, AN INDIAN LOVE STORY
BABE
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
BABEL
BABIES
BABOOSKA
BABS
De baby
BABY BLUE
Baby Driver
BABY GENIUSES
BABY MAMA
THE BABY OF MÂCON
BABY'S DAY OUT
BABYLON
BABYLON A.D.
The babymakers
Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu over)
THE BACHELOR
Bachelorette
HET BACHVIRUS
BACIAMI ANCORA
BACK TO GAYA
THE BACK-UP PLAN
BACKBEAT
BAD BOY BUBBY
BAD BOYS
BAD BOYS 2
BAD COMPANY
BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK
BAD GIRLS OF MUSIC
BAD GUY
BAD LIEUTENANT
THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL — NEW ORLEANS
Bad Moms
Bad Moms 2
Bad Neighbours
Bad Neighbours 2
BAD NEWS BEARS
BAD SANTA
Bad Santa 2
BAD TEACHER
The Bag Man
BAISE-MOI
UN BAISER S'IL VOUS PLAÎT
BAISERS VOLÉS
Bait 3D
DE BAL
LE BAL MASQUÉ
BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA
LA BALIA
BALIBO
BALKAN BAROQUE
Ballerina
BALLETS RUSSES
BALLO A TRE PASSI
LE BALLON ROUGE
BAMAKO
BAMBI
BAMBI II
BAMBOOZLED
THE BAND'S VISIT
La bande à Picasso
BANDIDAS
BANDIT QUEEN
BANDITS
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
THE BANGER SISTERS
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (Danny & Oxide Pang)
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (Danny & Oxide Pang)
THE BANISHMENT
THE BANK JOB
DE BANKROET JAZZ
EL BAÑO DEL PAPA
BARAN
BARB WIRE
Barbara
THE BARBER OF SIBERIA
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut
Barbie, dolfijnenmagie
BARDSONGS
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
BARNEY'S VERSION
BARNYARD: THE ORIGINAL PARTY ANIMALS/BEESTENBOEL
LES BARONS
Barry
Bart Vegter: 9 abstracte films (1981-2008)
BASEKETBALL
BASHU
BASIC INSTINCT 2
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES
BASQUIAT
LOS BASTARDOS
Bastille Day
BATALLA EN EL CIELO
BATMAN & ROBIN
BATMAN BEGINS
BATMAN FOREVER
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
BATTLE IN SEATTLE
The Battle of Algiers
Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Year: The Dream Team
BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE ROYALE 2
BATTLEFIELD EARTH
Battleship
The Bay
Baywatch
BE COOL
BE KIND REWIND
THE BEACH
BEAN
Bears
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of the Southern Wild
BEAT
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
Beats, Rhymes & Life Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Un beau soleil intérieur
BEAU TRAVAIL
BEAUTIFUL BITCH
BEAUTIFUL BOXER
Beautiful Boy
THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
Beautiful Creatures
BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
BEAUTIFUL JOE
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
BEAUTIFUL THING
Beauty and the Beast
Les beaux jours
BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
BECAUSE I SAID SO
BECK
BECOMING JANE
Becoming traviata
BEDAZZLED
BEDROOMS & HALLWAYS
BEDTIME STORIES
BEE MOVIE
BEEFCAKE
BEESEASON
BEESTENBOEL (BARNYARD: THE ORIGINAL PARTY ANIMALS)
Beestenboot
BEETHOVEN'S 2ND
BEFORE AND AFTER
Before I Fall
Before Midnight
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
BEFORE SUNRISE
BEFORE SUNSET
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
Before the Flood
BEFORE THE RAIN
BEFORE THE STORM
Begin Again
Beginners
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Behind the Candelabra
BEHIND THE SUN
Being Flynn
BEING HUMAN
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
Bel ami
Belgica
THE BELIEVER
Bella Donna's
BELLA MARTHA
Bellas mariposas
Belle (Amma Asante)
Belle (André Delvaux)
BELLE (Irma Achten)
BELLE DE JOUR
Belle en het beest
BELLE ÉPOQUE
BELLE TOUJOURS
BELLE VAN ZUYLEN
Bellicher: Cel
BELOVED
BELPHÉGOR — LE FANTÔME DU LOUVRE
BEN X
Ben-Hur
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
De Bende van Oss
Bennie Stout
BENNY AND JOON
BENNY'S VIDEO
BENZINA
BEOWULF
BEOWULF & GRENDEL
Berberian Sound Studio
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ: REMASTERED
Berliner Tagebuch
BERNIE
Bert Haanstra Compleet
BES VAKIT — TIMES AND WINDS
BESHKEMPIR
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
THE BEST INTENTIONS
Best Night Ever
The Best of Me
THE BEST THING IN LIFE
BEST WORST MOVIE
DE BESTE ZOMER
Bethlehem
BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE
Between the Devil and the Deep
BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA
BEVERLY HILLS COP 3
DER BEWEGTE MANN
BEWITCHED
BEWOGEN KOPER
BEYNELMILEL aka THE INTERNATIONAL
BEYOND (Åke Sandgren)
Beyond (Pernialla August)
BEYOND BORDERS
Beyond Clueless
BEYOND RANGOON
BEYOND REASON
Beyond Sleep
BEYOND THE CLOUDS (PAR DELÀ LES NUAGES)
BEYOND THE GAME
Beyond the Hills
Beyond the Mountains and Hills
BEYOND THE ROCKS
Beyond the Steppes
BEZNESS
Bezness as Usual (Alex Pitstra over)
The BFG
Bibi & Tina
Bibi & Tina 2 (NL)
Bibi & Tina: Jongens tegen de meiden
BICENTENNIAL MAN
Les bien-aimés
BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH'TIS
Big Boy
THE BIG BRASS RING
BIG DADDY
Big Eyes
BIG FISH
Big Game
THE BIG HEAT
Big Hero
THE BIG HIT
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Big Miracle
BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE
BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
BIG NIGHT
The Big Parade
The Big Short
The Big Wedding
THE BIG WHITE
Bigfoot Junior
A Bigger Splash
BIGGER THAN JAMES DEAN
BIGGER THAN LIFE
BIGGIE & TUPAC
BIJ ONS IN DE JORDAAN
BIKKEL
BILLY ELLIOT
BILLY THE KID
BILLY'S BAD
BIN ICH SCHÖN?
BIN-JIP
BINGO
BIOGRAFI: ALBANESE VERHALEN
BIPEDALISM
BIR IHTIMAL DAHA VAR
THE BIRD CAN'T FLY
Bird People (Pascale Ferran over)
THE BIRDCAGE
Birdman
BIRDWATCHERS
BIRTH
BIRTHDAY GIRL
BITTER MOON
BITTER SUGAR
Bittersweet
A BITTERSWEET LIFE
BIUTIFUL
Black
Black & White & Sex
THE BLACK BALLOON
BLACK BUTTERFLIES
BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT
Black Coal
THE BLACK DAHLIA
Black Gold (Jean-Jacques Annaud)
BLACK GOLD (Marc & Nick Francis)
BLACK HAWK DOWN
BLACK KNIGHT
BLACK MASK
Black Mass
Black Mirror
Black Out
BLACK ROBE
BLACK SHEEP
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
BLACK SWAN
BLACK VENUS
Black's Game
Blackbird
BLACKBOARDS
Blackfish
Blackhat
Blackmail/Grand Piano
THE BLACKOUT/THE ADDICTION
BLACKWATER FEVER
BLADE
BLADE 2
BLADE RUNNER
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
BLADE TRINITY
BLADES OF GLORY
Blair Witch
BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Blancanieves
A Blast
BLAST FROM THE PAST
DE BLAUWE TREIN
BLAZEN TOT HONDERD
BLAZING SADDLES
BLED NUMBER ONE
The Bleeder
Blended
BLESS THE CHILD
Blessed Benefit
BLIND
BLIND DATE
BLIND DATE (2008)
BLIND LOVES
BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY (Previously Unreleased)
BLINDGANGERS
BLINDNESS
BLINDSIGHT
The Bling Ring
BLINK
BLISSFULLY YOURS
Blitz
Bloed, zweet & tranen
BLOEDBROEDERS
DE BLOEDBRUILOFT
Bloedlink
LA BLONDES AUX SEINS NUS
BLOOD AND WINE
BLOOD DIAMOND
Blood Father
BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT
Blood Ties
BLOODWORK
BLOODY ANGELS
BLOODY MONDAYS & STRAWBERRY PIES
BLOODY SUNDAY
BLOOT
BLOW
BLOWN AWAY
BLUB! IK BEN EEN VIS
BLUE
BLUE BELGIUM
BLUE CHIPS
BLUE CRUSH
Blue Jasmine
THE BLUE KITE
BLUE MOON
BLUE MOVIE
BLUE SKY
BLUE STREAK
BLUE TIGER
BLUE VALENTINE
BLUE VELVET
BLUEBERRY
Bluebird
The Blues Brothers
BLUES BROTHERS 2000
Boardwalk Empire
THE BOAT THAT ROCKED
BOAT TRIP
BOB LE FLAMBEUR
BOB ROBERTS
BOBBY
Bobby en de geestenjagers
BODIES, REST & MOTION
Bodkin Ras
THE BODY
Body (Previously Unreleased)
BODY BAGS
Body Language
BODY OF EVIDENCE
BODY OF LIES
BODY SHOTS
BODYGUARD
DE BOEKVERFILMING
Bojack Horseman
EL BOLA
BOLIVIA
BOLLETJES BLUES!
BOLLYWOOD HERO
BOLT
Het bombardement
BOMBÓN — EL PERRO
Bon Bini Holland
EL BONAERENSE
THE BONE COLLECTOR
Bone Tomahawk
DE BONTE BRIGADE
BOOGEYMAN
BOOGIE NIGHTS
Boogie Woogie
THE BOOK OF ELI
The Book Thief
BOOM!
BOOMERANG
BOPHA!
BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
Borders (Jacqueline van Vugt over)
BORDERTOWN
Borg/McEnroe
Borgman
BORN YESTERDAY
THE BORROWERS
De Boskampi's
The Boss
The Boss Baby
THE BOSS OF IT ALL
BOSTON KICKOUT
THE BOTHERSOME MAN
El botón de nácar (Patricio Guzmán over)
BOTTLE ROCKET
BOTTLE SHOCK
BOUNCE
BOUND
THE BOUNTY HUNTER
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
The Bourne Legacy
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
BOVEN DE BERGEN
Boven is het stil
DE BOVENMAN
THE BOW (HWAL)
BOWFINGER
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
THE BOX
BOX OF MOONLIGHT
THE BOXER
The BoxTrolls
The Boy
Boy 7
BOY A
The Boy and the World
BOY CALLED TWIST
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS
BOY MEETS GIRL STORIES
The Boy Next Door
THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH
Boychoir
Boyhood
BOYS
BOYS DON'T CRY
BOYS ON THE SIDE
Brad's Status (Mike White over)
THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE
BRAINSCAN
Bram Fischer
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
Brammetje Baas
Brandweerman Sam: UFO Alarm
BRASILIA, EEN DAG IN FEBRUARI
BRASSED OFF
Brasserie Valentijn
BRAT
BRATAN
BRATZ — THE MOVIE
Brave
THE BRAVE
THE BRAVE ONE
BRAVEHEART
BREACH
BREAD AND ROSES
THE BREAK-UP
BREAKDOWN
Breakfast at Tiffany's
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO
BREAKING AND ENTERING
Breaking Bad (Tweede helft seizoen 5)
BREAKING NEWS
BREAKING THE WAVES
BREAST MEN
BREATH
Breathe
BRENDAN AND THE SECRET OF THE KELLS
BRICK
Brick Mansions
BRIDE AND PREJUDICE
BRIDE FLIGHT
BRIDE OF CHUCKY
BRIDE WARS
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
Bridesmaids
Bridge of Spies
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
BRIDGET JONES 2: THE EDGE OF REASON
Bridget Jones's Baby
BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
DE BRIEF DIE NOOIT VERZONDEN WERD
BRIEF ENCOUNTER
DE BRIEF VOOR DE KONING
BRIEFGEHEIM
BRIGANDS, CHAPITRE VII
BRIGHT FUTURE
BRIGHT STAR
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS
Brigsby Bear (Dave McCary, Kyle Mooney en Kevin Costello over)
Brimstone
Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD
BROADWAY — BLACK SEA
BRODEUSES
Broers
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Broken
BROKEN ARROW
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Broken City
BROKEN FLOWERS
BROKEN WINGS
A BRONX TALE
Brooklyn
BROOKLYN'S FINEST
BROOS
Bros' Before Ho's
BROTHER
BROTHER BEAR
BROTHERHOOD
BROTHERHOOD OF WAR
BROTHERS (Jim Sheridan)
BROTHERS (Susanne Bier)
THE BROTHERS BLOOM
THE BROTHERS GRIMM
THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN
BROTHERS OF THE HEAD
BROWN'S REQUIEM
BROWNIAN MOVEMENT
THE BROWNING VERSION
Brozer
BRUCE ALMIGHTY
BRUCIO NEL VENTO (BURNING IN THE WIND)
BRUISER
BRÜNO
BUBBA HO-TEP
BUBBLE
LA BÛCHE
THE BUCKET LIST
BUDDENBROOKS
BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME
BUDDHA'S LOST CHILDREN
BUDDY
LA BUENA VIDA
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
BUENOS AIRES VICE VERSA
BUFFALO '66
BUFFALO SOLDIERS
A BUG'S LIFE
Bugs
Buitenkampers
BULLET BOY
BULLET IN THE HEAD
Bullet to the Head
BULLETPROOF MONK
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
BULLY
BULWORTH
DE BUNKER
Bunohan
BUÑUEL'S PRISONERS
BUONGIORNO NOTTE
LES BUREAUX DE DIEU
BURIED
BURLESQUE
Burma Storybook
BURMA VJ — REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
BURN AFTER READING
THE BURNING PLAIN
Burning Sands
Burnt
BURNT BY THE SUN
Burying the Ex
THE BUSINESS
A BUSINESS AFFAIR
THE BUTCHER BOY
The Butler
LE BUTTANE
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
BUTTERFLY KISS
BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL
BUURMAN EN BUURMAN
By the Sea
BYE BYE BLUEBIRD
The Bye Bye Man
BYE-BYE
Byzantium