From “Crash” to “Eyes Wide Shut” via “Trouble Every Day”, focus on seven unusual sexual practices seen on the big screen. PLEASE NOTE: this article should be reserved for an informed public!
AMAUROPHILIA IN EYES WIDE SHUT
Stanley Kubrick’s feature film Eyes Wide Shut, which explores the sexual impulses and obsessions of the couple formed by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is marked by a cult orgy scene in which all the protagonists are masked. A sulphurous moment where voyeurism and … amaurophilia are illustrated, a word that refers to sexual arousal provoked when you cannot see your partner.
SYMPHOROPHILIA IN CRASH
In the controversial Crash by David Cronenberg, Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, James and Catherine Ballard, whose sex life is running out of steam, will find a new and tortuous way to express their love … thanks to car accidents.
At the heart of this film adaptation of JG Ballard, there is the symphorophilia, which refers to the sexual arousal triggered when one attends a fire or traffic accident. Most shocking moment in the feature film? No doubt the one who sees James Spader penetrate a scar of Rosanna Arquette …
SOMNOPHILIA IN SLEEPING BEAUTY
Presented in Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the feature film Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a young student, played by Emily Browning, who joins a strange network of sleeping beauties. What men do to her at night, she forgot when she woke up …
At the heart of this sulphurous feature film forbidden to under 16s when it is released in theaters, there is somnophilia. Either a practice consisting in having a sexual relation with sleeping or unconscious people.
ASPHYXIOPHILIA IN THE EMPIRE OF THE SENSES
A classic of erotic cinema, inspired by a real fact, The Empire of the Senses by Nagisa Oshima caused a real scandal in Japan and was banned for children under 16 when it was released in France.
The film plunges the viewer into the 1930s, in the heart of the bourgeois neighborhoods of Tokyo, when a relationship like no other is formed between a former prostitute turned domestic and her boss. The spectator witnesses an erotic escalation with not simulated sex scenes, but also asphyxiophilia. A term that designates the sexual practice of suffocating oneself or one’s partner in order to derive sexual pleasure from it.
VORAREPHILIA IN EVERYDAY DISORDER
The sulphurous Trouble Every Day by Claire Denis, released in theaters in 2001 with a ban on children under 16, tells the story of a woman suffering from a strange illness. And the viewer will discover cannibalism on the screen, but also vorarephilia, being the fact of being sexually aroused at the idea of eating or being eaten by a person.
ACROTOMOPHILIA IN BOXING HELENA
Boxing Helena, the directorial debut of Jennifer Lynch, David’s daughter, tells the story of a woman fatal and provocative, who uses her charms to seduce men and her sexuality to humiliate them. A surgeon, who falls madly in love with her, will then mutilate her so that she does not escape him and that he can possess her.
On the menu of this film written by Jennifer Lynch at the age of 19: acrotomophilia. Or the fact of being sexually aroused by an amputated partner.
COPROPHILIA IN SALO OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOMA
Coprophilia is to experience sexual pleasure with feces. One of the practices that the Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini staged in Salo ou les 120 jours de Sodom, which tells, in the fascist puppet republic of Salò, the submission of young people to the pleasures and sadistic enjoyment of their jailers. The film, a free adaptation of the work of the Marquis de Sade, was banned for children under 16 when it was released in theaters.