The film "Curiosa" (2019) directed by Lou Jeunet can be categorized as a French biographical, historical, and erotic drama. It explores the audacious themes of eroticism and the emancipation of a woman in the 19th century, featuring a narrative loosely based on the real-life relationship between 19th-century French authors Pierre Louÿs and Marie de Régnier.
The story delves into the complex relationships, sexual explorations, and societal norms of the time, portraying a narrative where characters engage in erotic games, transgress the bounds of their bourgeois society, and discover their sexualities and personal voices.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its desire for beautiful imagery while others critiqued its inability to delve deeply into the thematic discussions it introduces. One reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes mentioned that the movie, despite aiming for historical illumination, sex positivity, and strong feminist energy, missed the mark in nearly every way, rating it 2/5.
Similarly, Cineuropa found the film distinctive but not entirely convincing in exploring the topic of eroticism and the emancipation of a woman during the 19th century. The A.V. Club, Yidio, and Wikipedia categorize the film as a blend of biography, drama, and history, with an erotic narrative thread, further noting that the film's exploration of sexual freedom set against a backdrop of a passionate love story adds to its dramatic essence.
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