Romance (1999)


Directed by Catherine Breillat, Although deeply in love with her boyfriend – and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him – a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations.

Baise Moi (2000)


Directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie, Manu has lived a difficult life. Abused and violently raped, she sets off to find herself only to meet Nadine, a prostitute who has encountered one too many injustices in the world. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road trip. They choose to have sex when they please and kill when they need. Leaving a trail of mischief and dead bodies, in a media blitz and man hunt, soon everyone is out to capture the young fugitives.

Shortbus (2006)


Directed by John Cameron Mitchell,  Sofia is a couples therapist who is unable to climax despite the ministrations of her loving husband. Gay couple James and Jamie decide to open the doors of their relationship by inviting in a third partner. All three attend a mixer in which partygoers partake of a sexual banquet.

A Serbian Film (2010)


Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic, An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film, and torture and there is no way back to him and maybe it is too late to protect his family.

( The film has been banned in Spain, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Norway, and temporarily banned from screening in Brazil.)

Stranger by the Lake (2013)


Directed by Alain Guiraudie, Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular gay cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. 

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)


Directed by Lars von Trier, The continuation of Joe’s sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman’s care. Joe’s nymphomania has completely taken over her life and ruined her sensual pleasures, she gets a job which enables her to use her sexual experiences to break men down, as part of a shady loan repayment organization.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)


Directed by Lars von Trier, Joe’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by Joe, the self-diagnosed nymphomanic, Joe. On a cold winter’s evening, the old, charming bachelor Seligman finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, recounts the lustful story of her highly erotic life.

Kids (1995)


Directed by Larry Clark, The story focuses on Telly, a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, while a local girl who contracted his disease tries to save his next target from her same fate.

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)


Directed by Nagisa Ôshima, Based on a true story, In 1936 Tokyo, Sada Abe is a former prostitute who now works as a maid in a hotel. The hotel’s owner, Kichizo Ishida molests her, and the two begin an intense affair that consists of sexual experiments and various self-indulgences. Ishida leaves his wife to pursue his affair with Sada. Sada becomes increasingly possessive and jealous of Ishida, and Ishida more eager to please her. Their mutual obsession escalates to the point where Ishida finds he is most excited by being strangled, and he is killed in this fashion.

( Due to its sexual themes and explicit scenes, this film was seized by US Customs and cut before being released.)

Bad Education (2004)


Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, the movies and  fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 60’s.  Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.

Salò,120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, The story is set in the republic of Salo, the Fascist-occupied portion of Italy in 1944. Four men of power, the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate, and the President (apparently Durcet), agree to marry each other’s daughters as the first step in a debauched ritual. With the aid of several collaborating young men, they kidnap eighteen young men and women (nine of each sex), and take them to a palace near Marzabotto. Accompanying them are four middle-aged prostitutes, also collaborators, whose function will be to recount erotically arousing stories for the men of power, who, in turn, will sadistically exploit their victims.

I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)

Directed by Vilgot Sjöman, A film in two parts, Yellow and Blue each have essentially the same vague outline of a plot. Lena and her boyfriend engage in lots of liberated sexual play  that’s the fiction. At the same time, they are working on a documentary, which is real. In the documentary footage, they investigate Sweden’s political history, the state of its democracy, and the everyday lives of its citizens. In the Blue version, Lena journeys far into the deserted north, filming the beautiful wilderness and revealing a decidedly unmodern Sweden. Blue’s most significant departure from the first part is in this exploration of Sweden’s pastoral ideal.

( This film was seizure by many countries for explicit sex, and controversial scenes.)