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Kinky Sex in the Movies

So: tired of porn? I hear you! Why not check out some highbrow sexy cinema to get you squirming in your seat? A few years ago, Indiewire published a very respectable and comprehensive list of movies that have kinky or compulsive sexual behavior in them. It’s a terrific list, actually, ranging over several decades and including a number of foreign and art films.

 

The list doesn’t include very many mainstream titles, though, because of course mainstream audiences can’t really handle too much sexual deviance. (That’s my guess, anyway) The one mainstream title is EXIT TO EDEN (1994) which stars Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Ackroyd as two cops going undercover to a fantasy escape resort where all kinds of kinky sex is happening. O’Donnell is hilarious in the film, squeezing her ample form into tight leather dominatrix gear. In one scene a submissive slave boy approaches her at a party and says “Mistress, how may I serve you?” and O’Donnell, a mainstream detective who is fed up with the weirdness she’s been seeing in this place, dismissively snaps at him “”Paint my house!”

 

Some fairly predictable titles appear on the list, like 1967’s BELLE DU JOUR (starring Catherine Deneuve as a prostitute who begins reluctantly to enjoy her work); Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS (1971) which is set in a strangely anachronistic medieval village, based upon the true story of a priest executed for heresy, and which stars Vanessa Redgrave as a humpbacked nun with very kinky tastes; 1972’s LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Brando is very sexy in this story of an ill-fated, fairly kinky love affair); David Cronenberg’s CRASH (1996), about people who fetishize car crashes and the wounds they cause (yeah, spooky); and SECRETARY (2002) with Maggie Gyllenhaal in an unforgettable performance as a needy, kinky young woman who just wants to please her boss in every degrading way possible.

 

Some of the films are more disturbing than sexy: like the indescribably beautiful and brutal THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER by Peter Greenaway (1989), which features scenes of torture, murder, child abuse and cannibalism, for starters. Then there’s EYES WIDE SHUT (1999), Stanley Kubrick’s last film starring real-life married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a married couple experiencing issues around infidelity: in case you’re expecting kinky activity between them be aware most of the kink involves other characters in the movie. But the disturbing part involves a ritualistic orgy-masquerade scene in a grand mansion, presided over by people who want to protect their privacy at any cost. French film FAT GIRL (2001) by Catherine Breillat contains one of the most startling scene of brutality I can ever recall seeing in a theatre; don’t say I didn’t warn you. But mostly it’s about a beautiful young girl and the less attractive sister who is more or less forced to watch her sexual escapades. And 2007’s TEETH, about a young girl whose sexual awakening introduces her to a very interesting anatomical anomaly...well, let’s just say, you can’t look away.

 

I was happy to see the Australian film SLEEPING BEAUTY here (2011), a Cannes contender that portrays a beautiful young waitress who begins working and an exclusive call girl for some very kinky older clientele. It’s eerie, subtle and ultimately very unsettling. Another subtle indie film from the same year is Steve McQueen’s SHAME, starring Michael Fassbender as a man who is unable to be intimate with women he actually cares about.

 

Some films were notably NOT on this list (which may be a good sign: kink is alive and well at the movies!), so I’d like to also recommend the following:

 

DAMAGE (1992) stars Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche as a pair of lovers whose compulsive behavior and adulterous affair destroys lives; sad, yes but also compelling and sexy. BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS is a sweet and funny British comedy by director Rose Troche, in which gay, straight and bi-curious couples share a number of bizarre and hilarious adventures; Hugo Weaving plays a real estate agent who enjoys having sex in the empty flats of clients. THE LIBERTINE (2004) stars Johnny Depp as the uber-smart, sexually-adventurous, sociopathic Earl of Rochester, a mid-18th century Libertine whose favorite activities include gambling, drinking and whoring. YOUNG LADY CHATTERLEY (1977) is a modern-day version of the character created by D. H. Lawrence; the film is soft-core in its sensibilities but very entertaining and often funny, and definitely sexy.

 

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