Since the advent of the #MeToo which took social media by storm and garnered a worldwide support, it has created its fair share of critics too. Many have expressed their displeasure towards the movement. And many well-known women in the French Cinema have particularly denounced the movement. In the past, stalwarts like Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Millet have called the movement a witch-hunt. The recent case of filmmaker Catherine Breillat calling actress Asia Argento “a mercenary and a traitor” and accusing her of “semi-prostitution” is also making the headlines.
The Italian actress has now hit back the director of her film 2007 film “The Last Mistress”. The actress extensively tweeted about her time during the shooting of the film and called the director 'Sadistic and Downright Evil'.
Her tweets have garnered much attention because this is probably the first reportage of on-set exploitation of actors by a female director.
Further, in her thread of tweets she said that the director, “took extreme pleasure on humiliating both her actors and crew during the shoot.” The tweets have garnered much attention because this is probably the first reportage of on-set exploitation of actors by a female director. Asia reported in the tweets, that the director took liberties with actor safety on set and she had to stop filming due to an illness.
Catherine Breillat is the most sadistic and downright evil director I’ve ever worked with. She took extreme pleasure on humiliating both her actors and crew during the shoot of “Last Mistress”. *Thread https://t.co/J8KtLC0ueE— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018
For the uninitiated, the renowned French filmmaker during her interview with the Murmur Podcast (which has now been removed) had said, “To be very honest, I don’t believe Asia, I know her, and she was very, very young…If there’s anyone I don’t believe, it’s Asia Argento. As a person, Asia Argento is quite servile. I never asked her to kiss my feet, but she’s that kind of person. I don’t believe Asia. If there’s anyone capable of defending herself, who’s not timid about sex, who does it a lot, and has lots and lots of desire for both men and women, it’s her. So I don’t believe Asia.”
She has also gone on record saying, “Despite everything, I think that Europeans have lost a lot with the loss of Harvey Weinstein”.