“…whether in movies or in life. Sex is the joker in the deck, the infinite variable that provokes, on screen as in life, radically divergent and wildly unpredictable responses and consequences.”
That’s Richard Brody at the New Yorker talking about a movie (Blue is the Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche) that won awards at Cannes, as well as criticism from various corners for its depiction of rather lengthy and graphic sex scenes between two women. The movie has been banned in the state of Idaho, and has received an NC-17 rating for its limited release.
If we can leave aside discussion of the movie itself, which I am unlikely to actually see, I’m struck by how it’s gotten people talking about sex:
“The problem with Kechiche’s scenes is that they’re too good—too unusual, too challenging, too original—to be assimilated (despite Dargis’s protests to the contrary) to the familiar moviegoing experience. Their duration alone is exceptional, as is their emphasis on the physical struggle, the passionate and uninhibited athleticism of sex, the profound marking of the characters’ souls by their sexual relationship.”
Yes, sex changes you. It has consequences that go beyond its reproductive capacities. Sounds like something the Catholic Church has been saying since forever.