The Voluptuous Horrors of Catherine Breillat

Never were there such devoted sistersThe latest issue of NOW is out, in which I wrestle with the films and philosophy of director Catherine Breillat, who’s being celebrated by TIFF Cinematheque in a restrospective starting this week. Can’t say I’m a fan, exactly, but I do respect the consistency of her output.

In thematically related news, the AV Club’s Tasha Robinson has written an excellent essay about the challenge of separating an artist’s personal life from his or her work. With Mel Gibson’s latest self-immolation, Roman Polanski’s release from house arrest and Lindsay Lohan going to jail all in the space of a week, it’s a very relevant read. You should check it out.