Sex tales lack deep insight

He is a provocateur, confronting audiences and dividing critics.

His latest film, with a title that is bound to titillate if not provoke, is a four-hour saga in two parts, framed by a connection between Joe (Gainsbourg), a woman who has been found beaten in the back alley of some unnamed city, and her rescuer Seligman (Skarsgard).

In a rundown back room of his otherwise quite adequate apartment, Joe, in Seligman’s pyjama top, over a cup of