From an article about best foreign films of 2016:
Catherine Breillat is among the most ferocious chroniclers of
female sexuality in all its variations, as she shows in practically all
her titles up to her most recent, 2014’s Isabelle Huppert-starrer “Abuse Of Weakness.”
But this tough watch, with its graphic teen sex, themes of sisterly
envy (between the overweight Anaïs and her beautiful, desirable sister
Elena) and shocking denouement involving murder and rape, is the marker for how uncompromising, ironic and complex her vision can be.
I don't agree that a movie which requires murder and rape to make its point is 'uncompromising' and 'ironic'. I think it's evil and horrible. Artistic license is not a licence to do whatever the hell your 'vision' tells you to do. Sanity and morality exist to put a brake on those base impulses. Or as Katharine Hepburn's character says in The African Queen:
Nature is what we are put on earth to overcome.