History of Sex in Cinema:
2005, Part 1
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
2005 Academy Award Nominees
The 2005 Academy Awards were dominated by films with non-mainstream, challenging sexual roles and identities. Two Best Picture nominees had themes with homosexual/bisexual protagonists:
Also, Felicity Huffman was nominated for her gender-bending role in Transamerica (2005) (see below).
All About Anna (2005, Denmark)
Co-produced by Innocent Pictures and Dogma 95 proponent Lars von Trier's Zentropa Productions, this foreign film (released in different versions with varying degrees of sexuality) was directed by Jessica Nilsson.
It was mostly a story of sexual relationships, especially involving independent, attractive single woman Anna (Danish actress and singer Gry Bay), a theatrical costume designer.
Anna was torn between two males:
It skirted the boundaries of pornography as a crossover hardcore adult film, containing explicit unsimulated sex performed by mainstream stars:
Anna (Gry Bay)
American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)
This fourth film in the franchise-series of teen sex comedies was the first of four American Pie Presents: direct-to-DVD/video releases (eliminating most of the original cast) from 2005 to 2009, coming after the original American Pie trilogy (from 1999 to 2003).
As predictably expected, it contained the requisite crude humor (involving bodily fluids), disastrous sexual encounters, and obscenities but only a few tame hints of nudity. Only the 'unrated' version, 190 seconds longer than the R-version with reinstated scenes of naked breasts, contained much more nudity.
The film began with a senior high school prank during graduation ceremonies when the original Stifler's younger brother, junior band member Matt Stifler (Tad Hilgenbrinck), was caught washing his pepper-sprayed genitals in a drinking fountain. Facing expulsion, he was sent as punishment to band camp (populated mostly by geeks), where he attempted to fit in.
To amuse himself and to please his notorious older brother Steve (from the previous films), he recorded porno videos ("Bandeez Gone Wild" in the style of Girls Gone Wild) via spy-cams, set up in the shower room where topless counselors sang "I Like Big Butts."
Actual toplessness was shown (from Angela Little as Sheree, Rachel Veltri as Dani, and two other unnamed actresses) in a shower cam scene. An additional tacked-on scene involved two naked teens (August 2001 Playboy brunette centerfold Jennifer Walcott as Laurie, and blonde Tara Killian as Patti) gossiping in the bathroom as they were spied upon by two robotic web-cams under the sink.
Scenes from a porno video viewed on a laptop were harmless in the R-version, when compared to the unrated version. Part of the sometimes endearing plot involved Matt helping tentative girlfriend Elyse Houston (Arielle Kebbel) to win a coveted music scholarship.
Battle in Heaven (2005, Sp.) (aka (Batalla En El Cielo)
Mexican writer/director Carlos Reygadas' Palme D'Or-nominated film with non-professional actors told "about the mystical erotic pleasure of lost souls in the megalopolis of Mexico City." It caused controversy wherever shown, due to its two major scenes of sexual content - the act of fellatio - in the film's beginning and end dream sequences.
At the film's start, middle-aged, unattractive, inexpressive, overweight ("fatso") working class Mexican driver/bodyguard Marcos (Marcos Hernandez) was being given oral sex by his boss' daughter whom he had known since she was a child - she was named Ana (Anapola Mushkadiz) - a rich, sexy, 20s-something general's daughter with dread-locks and tattoos who worked part-time as a prostitute in a "boutique" (brothel).
Kneeling in front of him at crotch level, she was slowly pleasuring him orally, in extreme close-up. When she opened her eyes, a single tear ran down each cheek.
Later, Marcos unwisely confessed to her that he and his wife Berta Ruiz (Esposa De Marcos) had kidnapped a baby, but it died before the ransom could be collected (never shown in the film). Later, Marcos made love from behind to his morbidly obese wife - and then told her that he had confided to Ana - she cautioned: "Now you'll have to make sure she keeps her mouth shut. We can't have the princess talking...You f--ked up, you idiot!"
During another sexual rendezvous, Ana straddled atop the passive Marcos and made love to him as he laid under her, while the camera panned away from them and backed up through an open window to survey the surrounding buildings, rooftops and neighborhood (with children playing). The camera slowly returned to them after coming 360 degrees full-circle, where they had finished having sex, and she dismounted from being on top of his semi-erect (and fading) penis, and laid next to him -- both completely full-frontal. She told him: "You'll have to turn yourself in, Marcos." Then, there was a close-up full-frontal view of her genital area (full-screen), after which she took his hand in hers. The scene ended with a view of the two side-by-side bodies from above.
In the film's tragic ending, he left her place, urinated in his pants outside her door, re-entered, and then abruptly stabbed her in the arm and body with a long butcher knife. He held her bloody corpse in his arms, and then left the building (she died soon after). He joined a religious pilgrimage to the Basilica, where he repentantly walked on his knees with his head hooded, and died at the altar.
The film's final scene returned to the one in the opening, in which Marcos was again receiving fellatio from Ana as he stood in front of her (now more explicitly filmed with a prosthetic penis, without a condom) - he said: "I love you so, Ana" - to which she replied: "I love you too, Marcos" - and the film cut to black before the end credits.
The Death of Ana
In notorious director Uwe Boll's video game adaptation, a vampire sword-and-sorcery action film, Rayne was the title character in 18th century Eastern Europe -- a beautiful but vengeful half-human, half-vampire Dhampir (Kristanna Loken), whose patriarchal father was evil ruler Lord Kagan (Ben Kingsley).
In the film's sex scene, she aggressively seduced Sebastian (Matthew Davis), one of three vampire hunters from the ancient Brimstone Society. She opened up her top, stripped down below, and grabbed iron cell-bars that Sebastian was backed up against - and let him lick her breasts and nipple and then proceeded to have sex with him, standing up - similar to the scene in The Last Seduction (1994).
The film also featured a blood and sex orgy/harem scene among vampires.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This was the first mainstream gay/bi-sexual romance film, heavily-promoted by the media, to receive multiple awards and critical/public acclaim. It had eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and three wins. The plotline was based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx and an Oscar-winning adaptation for the screen by the team of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Gustavo Santaolalla's original music score accounted for the film's third and final Oscar win.
It was made by major A-list film-maker and Best Director-winning Ang Lee, and featured major stars in a story about a secret lifelong bond and longing for love (forbidden). The two young men in the early-mid 1960s were:
The two grew close while herding sheep in the summer on an isolated Wyoming mountain, including scenes of them skinny-dipping, sharing a hungry kiss, and having an under-one-minute sexual encounter in a shared sleeping bag in a two-man tent -- and years later reuniting in a motel bed.
Also, there were scenes of both men having sex with their girlfriends/wives:
However, some conservative Catholic organizations cited the film as "morally offensive" for its open portrayal of a homosexual relationship, and others criticized the film as sexually propagandistic. Conservative Christian fundamentalist groups heavily cited the film as glorifying homosexuality and for pushing a sexual agenda. Those who were critical of the film were labeled "homophobic."
Although widely hailed as a "breakthrough" film for gay cinema, neither of the film's two lead actors, nor its director, nor its screenwriters were gay, and the film was originally advertised in trailers without specifically referring to the film's 'gay' themes or scenes.
Broken Flowers (2005)
Writer/director/producer Jim Jarmusch's film won the Grand Prix at the year's Cannes International Film Festival. It starred Bill Murray as perennial bachelor, and wealthy early-retiree Don Johnston (with a t), an "over-the-hill Don Juan" who was being dumped by another girlfriend Sherry (Julie Delpy).
He went on a cross-country search after receiving an unsigned, mysterious pink letter that informed him about a 19-year-old son he had supposedly fathered.
He visited four possible mothers (all former girlfriends) - the first visit was to Laura Daniels/Miller (Sharon Stone), a self-employed, widowed "professional closet organizer." At her front door, he met her 'jailbait' nubile daughter named, unsurprisingly, Lolita (or Lo/Lola) (21 year-old Alexis Dziena):
She was wearing a pink bathrobe, heart-shaped earrings, and pink platform shoes. As he waited in the living room, she offered him a popsicle! ("Do you want something, 'cause I've got popsicles").
Then suddenly, when her pink sparkly cellphone rang, the young nymphet exhibitionist came out of her bedroom, and non-chalantly and seductively walked into the living room fully naked (without her pink robe) in front of deadpan-faced and unamused Don. She was talking on the home phone and also picking up on her cellphone, deliberately flaunting herself and flirting with him.
He abruptly left the house, just as Laura drove into the driveway. Later that night after sharing dinner with them, he slept in Laura's bed, and when he drove off the next morning, the two both bid him goodbye - one in the bathrobe and the other in a bikini.
Dirty Deeds (2005)
This typical high school teen comedy (although rated PG-13) bombed at the box office, but did better when released to DVD as unrated with the nudity reinstated (from three anonymous actresses) and featuring a special nude outtakes feature (with extended alternate takes scenes). It was scripted by first time writers Jon Land and Jonathan Thies. One of the obvious gags was an elderly lady with severe intestinal gas.
The film's title referred to the completion of a set of ten challenging "dirty deeds" or pranks (10 Dares in 12 Hours) in the form of a scavenger hunt performed during the eve before a high school's homecoming. The hero, West Valley High's senior Zach Harper (27 year-old Milo Ventimiglia as an 18-year old) decided to complete all ten 'dirty deeds' to win his love interest Meg (Lacey Chabert), the smartest and cutest girl at school. He spared Meg's younger brother Kyle (Wes Robinson) by volunteering himself to take the series of dares.
In two unfunny scenes in the unrated version, Zach performed the tasks, including the third one: Masturbate into a loaf of bread in the supermarket bathroom. He used a loaf of wheat bread as a masturbatory tool while fantasizing about a nude girl named Lisa Wheat (uncredited Christie D'Amore) who stood in her jeans before two giant slices of wheat bread while rubbing herself. The joke, supposedly, was that Vice Principal Fuchs (Tom Amandes) later consumed a sandwich made from the loaf while watching a Hitler Nazi rally on archived video.
In a completely unrelated subplot, a high school freshman was conned into throwing a wild keg party at his parent's house - footage to extend the running time and offer a few naked breasts from two topless lesbians who wanted to be filmed on video camera. One of the film's deleted scenes in the special "sizzling" features section of the DVD provided two more minutes of toplessness of the half-naked girls from the house party.
Dirty Love (2005)
Jenny McCarthy, first coming to prominence as a Playboy Playmate in October 1993 and Playmate of the Year for 1994, and later hosting MTV's Singled Out and two of her own TV shows, was never known for being shy about showing off her body.
This self-humiliating film, directed by McCarthy's then-husband John Asher, was a financial disaster, and was critically denounced, receiving six Razzie Award nominations and winning four of them: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress (McCarthy), and Worst Screenplay (McCarthy). Co-star Carmen Electra was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actress (as beautician friend Michelle), and McCarthy was nominated as Worst Screen Couple (for "anyone dumb enough to befriend or date her").
In this gross comedy which she scripted, she appeared as the lead star, Rebecca Sommers, a struggling blonde photographer who caught her hunky model boyfriend Richard (Victor Webster) being unfaithful. After being dumped, her strategy was to cause jealousy in Richard by dating a Woody-Allen-type director.
During a runway fashion show where she wanted to be noticed, her drunken date vomited onto her breasts the third time that she pulled him to her bosom. When Richard and others reacted with laughter, Rebecca screamed and became hysterical, shrieking as she ran for the front door:
As she ran, her left breast fell out of her low-cut dress top, and when alerted to her exhibitionism by her friend Michelle (Carmen Electra), "Are you crazy? Your big ol' titty's hangin' out!", she completely went beserk. She grabbed her left boob to cover up, then grasped both vomit-covered breasts and shook them back and forth in front of everyone, while shouting:
Director Tony Scott's excessively-stylish and experimentally-showy film, subtitled "I Am a Bounty Hunter," was a dramatic and violent action-crime thriller. The semi-biopic was "sort of" based on the true story of the life of Domino Harvey, the real-life daughter of British actor Laurence Harvey (who died when she was 8 years old) and model Paulene Stone ("Sophie Wynn" - played by Jacqueline Bisset).
The title character was portrayed by:
Domino chose to forego her life as a fashion model, moved to Beverly Hills when her mother remarried, and attended college, where she had to put up with hazing in her sorority. One of the members commented on her flat chest: "Look at these mosquito bites. What's it like to have the body of a ten year-old boy?" She replied: "Have you had a nose job?" to her abusive sorority sister before breaking her nose. The tough-talking chick was expelled a week later and joined the services of "legendary bail bondsman" Claremont Williams III (Delroy Lindo), working as a bounty hunter ('bail recovery agent') in a team along side tough ex-con Ed Moseby (Mickey Rourke), angry psychotic Latino Choco (Edgar Ramirez), and their Afghani driver Alf (Riz Abbasi) - she told them: "I want to have a little fun."
She saved the group once by daringly proposing to perform a lap dance for a black gangmember holding a gun on her during her first raid: "Sometimes a girl has to be naughty in order to get herself out of a jam." The incident reflected her life philosophy - everything was a coin toss, with only a 50-50 chance of survival or death. Later she admitted: "We may have been dysfunctional, but we worked. We were family."
The hard-to-follow story actually began with her questioning by the FBI's criminal psychologist Taryn Mills (Lucy Liu) after her arrest, describing with flashbacks what had happened. During the questioning, Domino flirtatiously insulted the agent: "It kills you that while I'm coming into my own, you're stuck in some dead-end marriage. Or, worse yet, an unfulfilling job...I'm thinking that when you go to sleep alone tonight, it's my pussy you'll be dreaming of."
The film involved a botched scheme by her boss Claremont Williams III (and his "sassy black" mistress - DMV clerk Lateesha Rodriguez (Mo'Nique)) to rob $10 million cash (of mob money being laundered by a Vegas casino) from an armored truck, while Claremont would collect a $300K finder's fee and blame the "inside job" on four college students. The money would be used to pay for an expensive operation (costing $300K) for Lateesha's terminally-ill granddaughter Mika suffering from a rare blood-disease. Unfortunately, complications arose when two of the framed kids were related to a Mafia crime boss.
After the group of bounty hunters retrieved the stolen money taken by the armored truck getaway driver and were on their way to Vegas, their coffee was drugged with mescaline and their Winnebago went off the road and tumbled down an embankment. During surrealistic hallucinations, Domino stripped down, embraced, and made love to Choco in the desert. It turned out that there were a series of misunderstandings (the college kids weren't actually killed), double-crosses, and further involvement by the FBI.
A bloody showdown occurred at the top of the Stratosphere Casino between the bounty hunters, Drake Bishop and his men, and the mobsters (wrongly believing that Bishop had killed the college boys). Multiple deaths occurred when the Stratosphere Casino was blown up by explosives set by Alf (he had switched the money bags with explosives) - and Domino was the sole survivor. Traitorous Alf had also sent the money to Afghanistan to aid revolutionary freedom fighters there. Afghani children opened bundles of US bills and tossed them into the air - corrupt Las Vegas money fluttered down on them.
In the conclusion of the film, Domino narrated (offscreen):
(deleted from film)
En La Cama (2005, Chile) (aka In Bed)
In the opening of this Chilean drama directed by Matias Bize, a couple were in bed making passionate love to each other:
The two were in a room (the film's only set location, with a bathroom) with red walls, tiled mirrors and a leather headboard. They had just met hours earlier at a Santiago party, after which they went to the motel. Neither of them could remember each other's names ("We just did it and you don't know who I am?"). In some ways, the film resembled a sexed-up version of Before Sunrise (1995) and Last Tango in Paris (1972). Between bouts of sex, they slowly exposed their emotional sides to each other with talk about diverse subjects, including relationships, vintage cartoons, Reiki massages, fate and the categorization of movies. They revealed various lies and truths about themselves.
They continued their coupling after taking a bath together, but when he called out another female's name, she pushed him away. A hole was discovered in the condom he was using and he described how millions of sperm were swimming inside of her. In a post-coital discussion, she described how casual sex meant little to her - and told him she had three prior anonymous one-night motel trysts. However, she was upset (she originally thought that their pairing was pre-ordained) when he announced he was leaving for Belgium in the next week to start a post-doctorate degree.
They both fearfully revealed dark secrets to each other - mostly Bruno speaking about his missing brother. Although sympathetic, Daniela recoiled and told him: "We are nothing to each other. We were nothing and we'll never be more."
Daniela (Blanca Lewin)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
This popular R-rated comedy (with an unrated DVD version that was 17 minutes longer) told about a 40 year-old virgin whose friends (and neighbors) thought it was time for him to lose his virginity:
Everyone told Andy it was time for him to score and advised him to act tough ("Be David Caruso in Jade") and get out more on dates ("That boy needs to get laid"). Funny gags throughout the film included a hilarious botched chest-waxing treatment ("Waxing your chest is like the gayest thing you could possibly do").
Early in the film, Andy - living alone except for his collection of hand-painted model soldiers and vintage action figures (Atomic Man and Aquaman), found himself assailed by sex coming at him from all directions:
During a flashback to his awkward teen years, he remembered how he struggled to remove the bra from his big-breasted date (Laura Bottrell, as College Girl), as she screamed at him: "You're pulling my f--king hair out!" Then she exclaimed as she stood topless:
When he was with red bra-wearing Toe Sucking Girl (Carla Gallo), he accidentally kicked her in the face causing a bloody nose when she tried to suck on his toes. She screamed at him: "You are terrible at this. You should give up forever. (Unrated: "I'm hot! But now you can't have any of this.")
In the unrated version of the film, Andy laid in his bed and watched porno on TV - and fantasized about making it with blonde porno actress Stormy Daniels (herself). She seductively told him as she fondled her large breasts:
Andy's first experience of using a condom was disastrous - even under the covers. During a speed-dating lunch hour session called Date-A-Palooza, his prospective busty date Carol (Kimberly Page) inadvertently flashed him at the table.
When he went out with coquettish, crazed sexaholic bookstore clerk Beth (Elizabeth Banks), she demonstrated her masturbatory skill with a detachable vibrating shower head in the bathtub ("I'd like to introduce you to my friend"). Then he experienced a drunken date with DUI Nicky (Leslie Mann, director Judd Apatow's wife), and also with his pushy boss Paula (Jane Lynch).
But finally, Andy found his soulmate in free-spirited 40 year-old divorced mother of three Trish (Catherine Keener) although first had to abide by a no-sex policy for 20 dates.
Toe Sucking Girl
Stormy Daniels (Herself)
Hard Candy (2005)
Music video director David Slade's first feature film was this thought-provoking, exploitative female revenge thriller. It began with seemingly-innocent 14 year old femme fatale Hayley Stark (Ellen Page) (screenname Thonggrrrrrl14) meeting 32 year old photographer Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson) (screenname Lensman319) in an Internet chat room.
During their first face-to-face meeting at the Nighthawks coffee shop, the potential jail-bait predator bought her some chocolate cake (which he suggestively wiped from her lips). He also reassuringly told her: "You look older than you are and you, you certainly act older than you are."
Later, she accused him of being a pedophile:
With premeditated determination, she turned the tables on him in his Hollywood Hills home (in a tense and suspenseful cat-and-mouse interplay regarding the "predator" and the "prey") when she drugged his drink, tied him up in a chair (told him: "Teenage? Yes. Joke? No"), and then threatened to castrate him (as "preventative maintenance") with a scalpel and anesthetic ice. She told him:
As he both berated her and pleaded with his raging and sadistic captor, she forced her repentant victim to confess to a murder that he may/may not have committed of a young model named Donna Mauer that he once photographed - it was clear that he was definitely an accessory to her murder. In the plot's twist, it was revealed that Hayley had already kidnapped and tortured another pedophile named Aaron, Jeff's partner-in-crime during the murder of Donna (Hayley admitted: "Aaron told me you killed her, before he killed himself").
At the end of the film, as Jeff's ex-girlfriend Janelle Rogers (Jennifer Holmes) arrived at the house, Hayley and Jeff were on the roof, where she had strung a rope off the side. She offered to clean up incriminating evidence of him as a sexual predator in his home (he would also avoid prosecution and clear his name with Janelle) if he jumped and committed suicide, but at the last second when he stepped off the roof and the rope went taut, she promised with a caveat:
This unrated, direct-to-DVD independent film (stretched further with seven more minutes of footage than the R-rated theatrical version) was directed by two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple and scripted by Oscar-winning Stephen Gaghan (Traffic and Syriana). Before being rewritten, the film's script began in 1995 as a screenplay called The Powers That Be, written by 16-year-old high school student Jessica Kaplan.
This exploitation film included a prime example of against-type roles played by young female actresses as a rite of passage to more adult roles. The two main characters portrayed slutty, spoiled white suburban girls from Pacific Palisades:
Under the credits, Allison expounded:
Both had affluent boyfriends that they were bored with: posturing (soon-to-be-humiliated) 'gangsta' Tobey (Mike Vogel) and hip-hop talking Sammy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Allison also skipped her classes, went to fancy restaurants where she snorted cocaine, often smoked grass, and removed her red bra to deliver oral sex to Tobey in an open convertible.
In a scene in which Allison wore a black bra while she was being video-recorded by student documentary film-maker Eric (Matt O'Leary), she moaned on a couch, pretending to be like a porn star. She touched her left nipple and put her right hand down her pants to simulate an orgasm, revealing:
The unsuspecting and naive female duo became involved with drug-dealing, tattooed East LA Latino gang members (including Freddy Rodriguez as Mexican drug dealer Hector), when they returned to the barrio after a bad drug deal involving Allison's emasculated boyfriend. The two began to awkwardly flirt with Hector.
In a realistically-acted scene, both young women were initiated into the gang, after they agreed to roll dice (to determine how many males each would sleep with). Allison rolled a one - and then became naked and made out with Hector - although decided she'd had enough (before intercourse). Emily rolled a three, and in the same room with Allison, decided to go all the way - and was penetrated by Hector and other gang members. There were disastrous consequences for their actions when Emily vengefully accused the crack-dealing gang of rape.
A History of Violence (2005)
Director David Cronenberg's crime-thriller was an insightful view of how one's past life can became a haunting reminder after a heroic act of violence. It concerned the lives of a married couple in the small Indiana town of Millbrook:
They experienced two very contrasting sex scenes in the film - the first contained purportedly the first instance of reciprocal oral sex ever performed in a non-pornographic American film:
(First Sexual Encounter: Cheerleader Outfit)
After love-making, they were closely embraced, and he reflected: "I remember the moment I knew you were in love with me. I saw it in your eyes. I can still see it." She affirmed: "Of course you can. I still love you." After he replied: "I'm the luckiest son-of-a-bitch alive," she responded: "You are the best man I've ever known. There's no luck involved."
(Second Sexual Encounter: On Stairway)
At first, she attempted to fight him off, screaming out: "Get off of me. F--k you, Joey! Aah, get off!" He forcibly held her by the throat, and then she succumbed to the rough sex, knowing his violent past, and allowed him to remove her black panties before aggressively thrusting into her, and physically bruising her on the hard wooden stairs. She was repelled and cried out: "Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!" as he climaxed, and then pushed him aside before climbing the stairs. A few moments later, she appeared naked (full-frontal) before him with only a draped bathrobe, when going from one room to another.
The First Sexual Encounter: Edie (Maria Bello) and
Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen)
Writer/director Eli Roth's bloody torture-gore horror film, reported to be "inspired by true events," began with hedonistic, promiscuous promise for three backpackers:
The three were first in Amsterdam where they found sex in a brothel. They then ventured to a Slovakian city and its hostel in Prague known for debauchery.
They met up for relaxation in a sauna and casual sex with two sexually aggressive girls:
Both aggressively mounted their dates and enticed them to trust them. Unfortunately, after they feared that Oli had met a grisly demise, they discovered that they also had been drugged - and lured to become victims of wealthy, sadistic patrons who wished to torture unsuspecting tourists with their "darkest, sickest fantasies."
[Note: It was followed by a sequel in 2007 that, in a switch, involved three terrorized females in the same predicament.]
Natalya & Svetlana (l to r)
Lie With Me (2005, Canada)
This bleak NC-17 rated sex film from director Clément Virgo, adapted by his wife Tamara Faith Berger from her own novel, further pushed the boundaries of sexuality in film, and was banned in some countries. The independent film explored the distinction between love and lust, and featured two known TV stars (from The O.C., Six Feet Under, and Christy).
The sex-filled film included full-frontal nudity, male and female oral sex, masturbation, a stroked erect penis, and fairly graphic sex (no visible penetration, however), with some instances of breathy voice-over narration.
The erotic, dramatic Canadian film opened with a sensual scene of emotionally-detached, sexually-hungry 25 year-old redhead Leila (Lauren Lee Smith), a slutty video store clerk, masturbating on her sofa to a porn video on TV.
Her favored sexual behavior was promiscuous, anonymous one-night stands, presumably based upon her inherent anger for the divorce of her parents and her damaged psyche. Then she met artistic and handsome David (Eric Balfour) at a club in a non-verbal encounter. To entice his lewd interest in her, she offered oral sex and intercourse to another stranger dubbed Shy Guy (Michael Facciolo), witnessed by him in public, as he was having sex with soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Victoria (Polly Shannon) in his nearby car.
What followed were numerous emotion-less but explicit sexual encounters between Leila and David to dull the pain of their existences. She expressed her basic dissatisfaction and unfulfillment with sex:
The dialogue was explicit and frank, as when David asked Leila: "I've got a question for you. Have you ever had one man's dick in your ass and his friend's cock in your mouth?"
As the film progressed, both struggled in the relationship to become more truly intimate with each other - and at times they became emotionally and psychologically dependent upon each other. She was attempting to decide with David whether a committed, monogamous relationship (including torrid and lustful sex with him) was better than what she usually preferred.
(Lauren Lee Smith)
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