Furies sexuelles (1976)

Alain Payet was one of the first, and most controversial, auteurs to take full advantage of France’s legalization of hardcore sex in the cinema. Eschewing the superficial fluff pieces being directed by his peers, Payet’s films delved into the strange and perverse underbelly of Parisian sex culture. Presented here are his two earliest hardcore ventures, both produced by frequent Jess Franco collaborator, Robert de Nesle. Marie-Madeleine is a shopgirl who, at the persuasion of her lecherous boss, has begun exchanging sexual favors with the store’s most affluent clientele. After being fired for refusing one of her customer’s advances, she finds solace in a squalid bar, which turns out to be a haven for prostitutes. Deciding to try her hand at the profession once again, but this time on her own terms, Marie is quickly immersed into a world of increasingly debauched and hedonistic experiences which soon threaten to destroy her in body and soul. A fittingly seedy and well directed drama, FURIES SEXUELLES (aka Les Marie-Madeleine) is presented here in its totally uncensored original director’s cut, completely unseen since 1976. (106 min)