The Loss of Sexual Innocence is non-linear at best and a complete mess at worst. Still, director Mike Figgis is following a long tradition of making an indulgent film that dwells on his own sexcapades. The really good news is that Mike seems to have dipped his fig into plenty of fine femmes. Even the silly segment about Adam and Eve offers alluring imagery of both nature and natural boobies. Nude - as English Twin, Italian Twin. Nude - as Nic's Wife.
THE LOSS OF SEXUAL INNOCENCE
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Figgis is not a provocateur in the manner of Kieslowski, but like the Polish director, he constructs in this pic an intriguing puzzle whose meaning and logic become a challenge for the audience to fathom. In narrative struc-ture and repetition of thematic and visual motifs, Figgis treats his movie as a music composition. Told in a non-linear way, pic centers on the tumultuous life of Nic Julian Sands , a British director about to embark on a new film project in Tunisia, from the early s, growing up in the Crown Colony of Kenya, to the present. The most emotionally touching chapter is the sexual exploration of teenager Nic splendidly evoked by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers with Susan Kelly MacDonald , capturing with humor and poignancy the timidity and awkwardness of the first kiss, the first touch. The film is replete with obsessive sexuality , one that includes homoerotic and lesbian overtones. Step by step, and all too literally, Figgis shows Adam played by black actor Femi Ogumbanjo and Eve the beautiful blonde Hanne Klinton in their pastoral garden, a beautiful isolated lake surrounded by wild vegetation, a white horse — and a snake. Through snippets of imagery and lyrical music mostly piano sonatas by Chopin , selective glimpses are offered as to what makes Nic the complex, complicated and unhappy man that he is.
Hanne Klintoe emerging from a lake completely nude, showing us her breasts and bush in the process. Hanne Klintoe nude as she steps into some water with a guy and they catch a fish and then we see a closeup of her bush while she pees. Hanne Klintoe wandering completely naked through a forest before coming across a tree with a snake in it. A quick clip of Hanne Klintoe stumbling completely nude into a house.
Discovering each other, they explore their anatomical differences like playful children delightedly splashing around in the water. It is a dreamy semi-autobiographical reverie that fuses the lost-childhood pathos of the Terence Davies films "Distant Voices, Still Lives" and "The Long Day Closes" with the erotic symbolism of Derek Jarman, and inserts a portentous layer of myth. Interwoven with its version of the Adam and Eve story are scenes from the life of a filmmaker named Nic Julian Sands , who, like Figgis, spent his early years in Kenya and moved to northern England as a boy.