Films about Love, Lust and Longing

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Young and Beautiful (2013)

Director: Francois Ozon

Country: France

Duration: 95 minutes

Starring: Marine Vacth 


An unabashed look, from French director Francois Ozon, at beauty, youth and the magnificent power it wields. Marine Vacth plays a 17-year old schoolgirl from Paris who, after losing her virginity in a disappointing encounter, begins to explore her sexuality by working as a high-class escort.

Starlet (2012)

Director: Sean Baker

Country: Unites States

Duration: 103 minutes

Starring: Dree Hemingway 


Sean Baker takes a more humorous look at the sex industry in Starlet, a hazy Californian musing on the highly unlikely friendship that develops between a kind-hearted young porn star (Dree Hemingway) and an irascible, elderly widow.

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Duration: 103 minutes

Starring:  Gael García Bernal


Y Tu Mama Tambien intersperses political commentary with explicit sex scenes in this coming of drama about two teenage boys who take a road trip through the impoverished Mexican countryside with an older woman whom they experiment with sexually.

Basic Instinct (1992)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Duration: 127 minutes

Starring:  Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas


Kim Basinger and Michael Douglas star in this iconic erotic mystery-drama in which Douglas plays a homicide detective who is seduced by a bewitching crime novelist, played by Stone, whilst he is investigating her for the vicious murder of her boyfriend.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Duration: 180 minutes

Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos


Bernardo Bertolucci explores female, adolescent sexuality in the same dreamy and poetic manner he did in Stealing Beauty (1996).

Two young Parisian women, Emma and Adele, begin an intense, life-changing love affair that is tested by their stark differences in class, ambition and openness.

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