Saturday, 3 April 2010

Our Heterosexual Portion of the Evening (Heterosexual Love/Sex films)

Continuing to our heterosexual portion of the evening. I'll now recommend some heterosexual love or sex films.

The first one has to be Betty Blue (aka 37°2 le matin). If you are not aroused by the first five minutes of this film, you have no pulse. The sex scenes are graphic and highly arousing. The film is about a slightly off kilter man who falls in love with a psychotic woman. It's directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix who also directed Diva, one of the best thrillers of the Eighties. While the director's cut of Betty Blue is nearly three hours long, it's also the most complete and it gives depth to the characters. Check out some of Beineix's other films as well. I've never been disappointed in any of his films. If nothing else, they are visually arresting.

The Piano Teacher: One of my favorite actresses is Isabelle Huppert. You can never go wrong renting/buying any of her films, but The Piano Teacher ranks as one of her best. It's the story of a piano teacher Erika, a sexually repressed woman still living with her shrew of a mother. She becomes obsessed with a new student played by BenoƮt Magimel. The two characters engage in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship. The film calls on Huppert to portray difficult emotional scenes, and she does it seamlessly. There is never a moment where she is not in character. She was unanimously voted Best Actress at the Cannes film festival.

In the Mood for Love: This a gorgeously film meditation on love and its complications. The cinematography, music, direction, and acting come together in a film that celebrates that indescribable feeling when two people fall in love. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai play the lovers, and they are fantastic at playing characters who have difficulty in expressing their love. The film is glorious to look at, and it just washes over you. It's one of those films that is all about the mood. There's a sequel, 2046 that is good, not nowhere near the masterpiece level of this film.

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