Too Much Flesh (2000)

Director:Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr  Writter:Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr   Running time:110 min  Country:France Language:English Genre:Drama Subtitle:English  Starring:Rosanna Arquette ... Amy, Élodie Bouchez ... Juliette,
Jean-Marc Barr ... Lyle
, Ian Brennan ... Bert, Ian Vogt Ian Vogt ... Vernon, Stephnie Weir ... Connie, Rich Komenich ... Franck







A 35-year-old married virgin has a fling with a passing stranger which shocks the community.


In a small town in Illinois manners are very strict. But hypocrisy and puritanism of this town will be subjected to severe stress, when a 35-year-old married Lyle will have a whirlwind romance with a French newcomer Juliette. Their relationship is so free and shockingly, that will surely lead to conflict.

Review: Small farm town that is on the ground Lyle - a man who is "too much flesh." These rumors about the town and everything is sort of used to, but then there is a Frenchwoman who develop this myth. Lyle happy that finally it can be with this woman, not his wife''s death is blackmailing former lover and strict puritanical views.
"Too much flesh" is clearly not a film about dreamers as it may seem in the picture. He is very specific - alienation and melancholy. Faded colors and simple plot, but it is the highlight.


Review: Too Much Flesh
Almost the best thing to be said about Jean-Marc Barr''s insubstantial 1999 debut, "Lovers," was that the actor-turned-director at least had the modesty not to star. The same virtue doesn''t hold for his followup, "Too Much Flesh" -- co-directed and written with d.p. Pascal Arnold -- which completely redefines the term "vanity production." Opening with Barr sun-kissed, naked and masturbating in an Illinois cornfield, then proceeding via a drastically under-fleshed narrative to tell the tale of a man whose intimidating penis size dictated 20 years of sexual abstinence until a French babe sashays along to break the dry spell, this empty, unconvincing drama looks unlikely to see too much exposure of any kind.

Basically a shagfest with delusions of content, the English-language film is the second in the directors Liberty trilogy on the freedom to love. While Lovers went out under the Dogma banner, the new, digitally shot offering maintains many of the Danish groups tenets of technical austerity without adhering to its codes. Put more bluntly, its a cheap quickie without a budget.

Set in a present-day Illinois farming community, the story centers on 35-year-old landowner Lyle (Barr), who lives chastely with his buttoned-up fundamentalist wife (Rosanna Arquette). She remains faithful to the memory of her deceased first husband and fearful of the legendary dimensions of her new mans member, which, naturally, the audience never gets to size up.

Things change when Vernon (Ian Vogt), an old childhood friend of Lyles whos now a celebrated author, returns to town with his Parisian clinch, Juliette (Elodie Bouchez). Its only a matter of time before bookish Verns sexual inadequacies are exposed and Juliette leads love-starved Lyle into the cornfield. But when their libertarian sexual tryst becomes public domain and their free-thinking ideas start to contaminate the puritanical community, the local Bible-thumpers turn ugly.

While they all appear to take the risible material quite seriously, the urbane cast looks out of place, like theyd all rather be rummaging for bargains at the Prada sale than showing up for a harvest hoe-down. When in doubt about how to advance the wafer-thin plot, Barr and Arnold merely toss in another extended sexual tussle, with the camera endlessly exploring Bouchezs naked body and Barrs more strategically masked one, which may at least facilitate some video sales for this flaccid piece of posturing erotica.