Archive of films Too Much Flesh / Too Much Flesh

2000, 105 min

Section: Jean-Marc Barr
Year: 2002

The second part of a loose trilogy dedicated to the theme of freedom tells the story of a sexually frustrated American farmer called Lyle who, with the help of the French woman Juliette, discovers physical passion for the first time in his life. But his puritanical wife and the rural community cannot tolerate such a reawakening.


35-year-old American farmer Lyle lives in a sterile marriage with his puritanical wife Amy who loves him but remains faithful to her fiancé who died tragically many years before. The farmer’s life changes dramatically when he is paid a visit by Vernon, a friend from his childhood, now a successful writer, who brings with him his French girlfriend Juliette. The liberal-minded girl convinces Lyle that the frustrations which prevented him from living a normal sexual existence throughout his adulthood are a mere figment of his imagination. With Juliette the man experiences physical passion for the first time in his life, which naturally traumatises Amy and causes outrage in the conservative rural environment. Lyle tries vainly to assure his wife that his relationship with the French woman is based purely on sex and that he still loves her. After an open demonstration against this “adulterous” union at a harvest festival, the enraged community decides to punish Lyle. The decision reached by the bigoted farmers to take moral justice into their own hands can only culminate in tragedy. This middle part of a loosely-connected trilogy examines the theme of sexual freedom. Even though the film was made with a digital camera, it abandons the rules of the Dogma 95 manifesto.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Jean-Marc Barr
Director: Jean-Marc Barr, Pascal Arnold
Screenplay: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr
Dir. of Photography: Pascal Arnold
Music: Irina Decermic, Misko Plavi
Editor: Brian Schmitt
Producer: Pascal Arnold, Karina Grandjean, koproducent/co-producer: Jean-Marc Barr
Production: Toloda
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Jean-Marc Barr, Élodie Bouchez, Ian Vogt, Ian Brennan

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