– New French Extremity

New French Extremity/Extremisim is a term named by Artforum critic James Quandt for a group of transgressive films by French directors at the turn of the 21st century.

Quandt describes the style as follows:
Bava as much as Bataille, Salo no less than Sade seem the determinants of a cinema 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.

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