I’m French Canadian. I don’t shock easily. Yes the scenes are lewd. The article however, contextualizes nothing. I had to go to French sites to have a more balanced view of the film. Without the film’s context, not some Breitbart commentator’s, it’s impossible to fairly assess the merit… or not… of the film, and the necessity…or not… of the lewd scenes to reinforce the film’s social message (yes, there is one, and contrary to what many here think, it is not to promote the sexualizing of children but rather to condemn it).
It still sounds to me like the right looking for any excuse to bash the “left”.
I’m neither defending, nor condemning the film. I haven’t seen it, I’ve only read the “context” from reliable sources in France like Le Monde (left-leaning) and Le Figaro (right-leaning and generally pro-Church), the latter which calls the US right’s crusade against it a “misunderstanding”.
Isn’t this just another variant on McCarthyism which sees, instead of a commie in every closet, a pedophile?
BTW what is your working definition of pornography? I’m pretty sure that real pedophiles aren’t interested in this film, they can find far more explicit material, unfortunately, on the Dark Web. For the record, this is the definition in the Catechism:
2354 Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.
In my opinion, this definition is in fact too narrow. Technically, by this definition, a Playboy centrefold isn’t “pornography”. Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly is sexual exploitation.
I think this whole kerfuffle is in fact a clash of cultures. Try this description from Le Figaro for better context (my translation):
Raised in France in a family of 10 children from two mothers, Maïmouna Doucouré also addresses the issue of polygamy in her film. “in a way, my character in Mignonnes is torn between two feminine oppressions. That which her mother inflicts on herself by accepting being in a polygamous marriage, and another she finds by searching for a so-called freedom in which she loses herself”, according to Maïnouna Doucouré’s analysis. Thinking herself freed from the family straitjacket through dance, Amy adopts a “bad girl*” character and the sexy looks of rap culture, without realizing she has a price to pay: the loss of her innocence".
Stéphanie O’Brien, Le Figaro, Aug. 17 2020
*an expletive was used instead of “girls” but it got my post blocked. Reissued without the expletive.
Seems rather more balanced than what I read on Breitbart.