Breillat’s second feature furthers her project of melding cinema and autofiction to explore the outer limits of female desire. Here the protagonist is Solange (Dominique Laffin), a filmmaker who compulsively takes on new paramours (including a bisexual actor, played by Joe Dallesandro) in search of a passion that is absent from her marriage. She begins an affair with another filmmaker named Bruno (Bertrand Bonvoisin), but their sexual relationship is marked by a curious set of rules in an attempt to reclaim the feeling of their first night together each time they have sex. As with much of Breillat’s work to follow, Nocturnal Uproar is a fearless and oneiric portrait of one woman’s attempt to answer the most fundamental of questions: what does she want?

Note: This print is faded.