Draw the curtains and settle in to watch this collection of films exploring burgeoning sexual discovery.
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SBS Guide

20 Jun 2018 - 3:44 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2018 - 3:49 PM

It's filmmaking that explores the awakening of physical desires. Long simmering yearning. Newfound self-discovery. Finally giving in to passion.

Through this collection, desire is spoken of and then acted upon. The characters in these films test limits, pushing the boundaries of their own sexuality.

Call Me Bruna

Based on the true story of Raquel Pacheco, also known as Bruna Surfistinha. Bored with her comfortable life in the suburbs, 17-year-old Raquel runs away from home and heads for the city, where she starts working at a high-end brothel. When she starts sharing her experiences on a blog, she soon becomes the most famous prostitute in São Paolo, Brazil.

Room In Rome

When Alba seduces Natasha in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study.

Post Coitum Animal Triste

Diane loves her husband and her children dearly. She enjoys her job in a small publishing house. But one day she falls under the spell of Emilio, a young, handsome and unattached hydraulic engineer working for an aid organisation. Their relationship is intense but when he announces he is going to Africa for six months, her life starts falling apart.

Grand Ecole

Paul, a student at an elite French school, decides he'd rather live with two roommates on campus, rather than move in with his long-term girlfriend Agnes. Paul finds himself immediately attracted to his new roommate, Louis-Arnault. A jealous Agnes offers a bet: Whoever seduces Louis-Arnault first, wins. If she does, Paul will no longer explore his homosexual desires, and if he does - she'll walk away. Meanwhile, Paul meets Mecir, a young Arab worker, who shows him there's more to life than elite colleges...

The Night Porter

Thirteen years after WWII, Lucia (Charlotte Rampling), a Holocaust survivor, meets by chance the nazi officer who tortured her, Max, now a night porter at a Vienna hotel. They soon resume their sadomasochistic relationship, which will eventually threaten them both...

Irina Palm

Marianne Faithful gives a beautiful and poignant performance as 50-year-old widow Maggie, who finds herself in desperate need of money to pay for her ill grandson's medical treatment. After one attempt at trying to find a job, Maggie applies for a hostess job in a sex club in London Soho. Micky, the owner, is embarrassed at first, but intrigued by Maggie, he decides to have fun and offers her the job. Maggie courageously gets to know her first anonymous customers, eventually using Irina Palm as her stage name. Maggie, who applies herself in order to keep her job, fascinates Mickey.

The Eager Bodies

Charlotte and Paul are 20 years old. They love each other passionately. To their shock, Charlotte discovers she is seriously ill. Another girl comes into the picture, Charlotte's cousin Ninon. Perhaps as an escape, Paul finds himself attracted to her. Charlotte is aware of this. Now the three of them are confronted with the primal issues of life and love.

The Duke of Burgundy

When butterfly collector Cynthia (Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen) hires a new housekeeper, Evelyn, the relationship soon turns sexual. In time, their role-playing transforms Evelyn from employee to personal slave, pushing their relationship to a breaking point.

Bang Gang

George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires.

Us

Ida and Krister are schoolteachers who fall madly in love, move in together and begin a life full of optimism and happiness. They start to absorb each other, delving into a sexual dependency that becomes more and more intense. And then, bit by bit, everything begins to break down. Happiness turns to sadness, passion becomes aggression, and sex turns into a hurtful tool for expressing emotions. In the end, the only way out is an act of complete and utter humiliation.

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