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The Loss of Sexual Innocence
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
Actors: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Stefano Dionisi, Kelly Macdonald, Gina McKee
Director: Mike Figgis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
R     1999     1hr 46min

At turns both mesmerizing and frustrating, Mike Figgis's 1999 experimental feature interweaves an audacious dramatization of the Adam and Eve myth with autobiographical vignettes from the director's life. In Figgis's go...  more »


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Actors: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Stefano Dionisi, Kelly Macdonald, Gina McKee
Director: Mike Figgis
Creators: Benoît Delhomme, Mike Figgis, Matthew Wood, Annie Stewart, Barney Reisz, Patrick Wachsberger
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/07/1999
Original Release Date: 05/28/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 05/28/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Paradise lost
anna | Colorado | 04/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"You've got to admire ambition. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a meditative, impressionistic, mostly dialogue-less, deeply beautiful and aggressively non-linear exploration of various forms of innocence lost--or shattered. The chopped-up plot structure at first is confusing, but as the threads start to come together the parrallels drawn and metaphors presented are provocative. A film that makes its audience really think ought to be appreciated in our age of brainless blockbusters. Though it is best to keep in mind that there is no solid main point, no overall meaning you're meant to find in the film. In the end it is more like a piece of music than a story: weaving themes in and out, leaving the audience to form their own opinions and interpretations. While it doesn't succeed with flying colors, it is certainly worthwhile and interesting, and stunningly gorgeous to boot."
The non-perfect world revealed through minute experiences
Gypsy Gies | Austin, TX USA | 01/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"At what point do we lose our innocence? Is it the one moment of actually having sex, or is it a build up of smaller things through life that slowly take it away? This film has the effect of juxtiposing two views on the question: with Adam & Eve, we have complete innocence up to the moment of having sex ..then they are thrust out into the modern adult world and expected to somehow automatically know how to survive in it. The discovery of Sex does not give them the automatic knowledge of how to deal with all its possible consequences. Interweaved with that, Figgis puts scenes from a man's developing life. Events shown that each eat away a little bit of innocence we may not have even realized we still have. The slow disintegration of Innocence through time. The effect of both instances is numbing. The most amazing scene for me involves two twins, unaware of each other's existance (both played by Saffron Burrows), who one day cross paths with each other in an airport. The set up is stunning. This scene *begs* the question: if you met up with another version of yourself, a version with a different background & different formative events, would you even be recognizable to yourself? Would you be able to relate to that other you as a person? How much have the events in our lives formed us, and how much really is biological? The only quarrel with this film I have is a series of scenes in which Mr. Figgis employed a slow fade-in/fade-out method. This was very eye-painful to watch, the fade is at such a rate you feel as though you are just slow-blinking before falling asleep. Thankfully, this is only done briefly in the film. Over all, excellent filmmaking!"
Beautiful and Erotic
Matteo | CT | 07/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was at the video store, and I saw the cover for this movie and though "wow, this looks interesting", so I rented it. The cinematography in this film was very well done, and Saffron Burrows was really good in it. The film dealt with a lot of differen't character's problems, so I can't explain all of it. Saffron Burrows's character was a twin that was seperated at birth and when she sees her twin in an airport, things get a tad confusing for her. Also, this movie talks a lot about the creation of man and woman, very much like a modern day "Adam and Eve". I suggest you see this if you like the less main-stream movies."