Loss of Sexual Innocence

I felt very dirty watching this movie. Even though it has a provocative title, there are only two sex scenes, but there is pervasive nudity throughout the entire film. This is Mike Figgis' (Leaving Las Vegas) new film, and his most autobiographical. It feels as though he took his diary and filmed it, and he is probably the only person that will truly understand it. As a result, you know that you are watching deeply personal memories, and that is kind of unsettling.

The film is episodic in nature, alternating between watching the main character (presumably Sands) at different points in his life, and the story of the fall of Adam and Eve. We get to see Nic as a small child in Africa, as a young horny teen (played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers from the Velvet Goldmine) and as an adult (played by Julian Sands). Each story about Nic has him experiencing the loss of something, sexual or not, that changes his life in some way. He comes away different from each experience, having learned from it. The story of Adam and Eve serves as a kind of parallet to Nic's stories. We watch them first arise from the primordial soup, innocent of their surroundings. As time progresses, they learn more, and ultimately, they fall.

Loss is probably very unaccessible to a general audience. The constant nudity is one factor that will drive people away in hordes. The story (stories) also don't follow a general plot structure. This film is artsy for its own sake. Figgis uses sparse dialogue and lots of classical music (especially in the Adam and Eve scenes). Most people will probalby get bored watching this movie. The others who try to search for meaning in Figgis' work, may or may not come out of the movie with something. You do have to admire English actress Saffron Burrows, who plays twins in the movie. Her last movie was Wing Commander, and her next movie is the underwater shark action thriller Deep Blue Sea. She's doing a good job of broadening the roles she chooses.

Mongoose rates it: Not that good

1 hour, 46 minutes, Rated R for language, violence, nudity, nudity, nudity, nudity, and some sex.

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