Controversial Sexy Films From Around the World Share this article: It is the nature of our society that films with strong sexual content provoke controversy. These nine movies tested the limits of what mainstream critics and audiences deem acceptable. Director Bernardo Bertolucci said he developed it from his own sexual fantasies. Schneider, who was 19 at the time of filming, claimed that the experience ruined her life, and that she thought of Bertolucci as a gangster and pimp. The film had trouble finding an American distributor.
The girls could not be more different. Elena is the very epitome of youth and French beauty; her young, slim body is a site of reverence and she longs for the chase of romantic love. Instead she is a woman who has masochistically resisted the painful transition from girlhood. In her 40s, Erika Isabelle Huppert lives at home with her domineering mother, a relationship marked with dysfunctional co-dependence and embattled suffocation. From the outside she is a picture of bourgeois respectability, a well-paid and well-respected classical music teacher, whose every movement demonstrates precision and discipline. In private, Erika indulges in seedy voyeurism, visiting pornographic bookshops, spying on people having sex at drive-ins and then indulging in masochistic self-harm. But this is not a tale of a kinky schoolteacher.
Join us: 10 Erotic Foreign Films to Push Your Boundaries North American sensibilities towards sex are often considered repressive—and even downright puritanical—as compared to those of Europe and South America. In the United States and Canada, this history of repression extends to the point where a frank and healthy discussion of consent and sexual exploration in our media is almost unheard of; after all, sex is not something to be spoken of in polite company. Thus, it becomes necessary to look beyond our borders to find art that will push our sensibilities into new places. Below is a list of films from all over the world that do not shy away from using sexuality and eroticism to examine or exploit our conceptions of the self. Top: In exploring our sensuality, we also explore ourselves.