The Loss of Sexual Innocence

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  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.4  (3,374)
  • 42

The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a 1999 British film starring Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, and Stefano Dionisi. The movie is a poetic and allegorical exploration of the sexual evolution of a man from childhood to adulthood. It's a story about innocence and the loss of it in the face of experience and knowledge. The film's opening scene is a beautiful and surreal depiction of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, highlighting humanity's primal state of sexual innocence. From there, the story moves to a boy growing up in the Scottish highlands. The boy is haunted by the drowning of his father and the guilt he feels for his role in the tragedy. The boy's connection to nature and his struggle with grief and trauma are a major theme throughout the film.

As the boy grows up to be a man (played by Julian Sands), he begins a journey of sexual discovery. The film is structured as a series of dreamlike vignettes, each exploring a different aspect of sexuality. We see the man having sexual encounters with various partners, including a prostitute, a lesbian couple, and a group of women in a ritualistic fertility ceremony.

Interspersed with these sexual encounters are scenes of the man reflecting on his past, particularly his relationship with his mother. His mother is portrayed as a mystical, ethereal figure who embodies beauty, nurturing, and wisdom. She is also deeply connected to nature, which ties her to the film's overarching themes of innocence and the loss of it.

One of the most visually stunning sequences in the film takes place in an African desert. The man wanders through a seemingly endless landscape, encountering a tribe of indigenous people who have never seen a white man before. The man is drawn to a woman from the tribe (played by Saffron Burrows), who becomes the focus of his sexual exploration. However, their relationship is fraught with cultural misunderstandings and a language barrier.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of tension between the man's desire for sexual pleasure and his yearning for a deeper spiritual connection. The film's climax takes place in a surreal, otherworldly landscape where the man confronts his deepest fears and desires. Here, he has a vision of his father, and the two have a cathartic conversation about guilt, forgiveness, and the loss of innocence.

The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a visually stunning film that is both poetic and provocative. It explores sexuality and spirituality with nuance and sensitivity, offering a deeply personal perspective on the journey from childhood to adulthood. The film's dreamlike structure and mystical themes may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who appreciate artful storytelling and evocative imagery, it is a rewarding viewing experience.

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