In 2004, a film critic for the arty mag ArtForum coined the term new French extremity to describe a genre that is "suddenly determined to break every taboo, to wade in rivers of viscera and spumes of sperm, to fill each frame with flesh, nubile or gnarled, and subject it to all manner of penetration, mutilation, and defilement." In other words, the kind of fun night out at the movies that leaves you mentally scarred for life and questioning your own depravity.
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If that sounds like your kind of fun (don't worry, it's our kind too), head to Miami Beach Cinematheque for a double feature of Bertrand Bonello's sexually violent, hard-core fetishist House of Pleasures, about danger and disease in a turn-of-the century brothel, and Cindy, the Doll Is Mine, a mindfuck featuring the same actress playing two characters: a photographer and her model subject who looks just like her.
Jan. 6-10, 6:30 & 9:10 p.m., 2012