The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

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Director Mike Figgis, creator of the Academy award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, presented this film's world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. The story is made up of non-linear, interconnected episodes about a man at different stages of his life, all of which explicate thematically the film's title. The film also juxtaposes a retelling of the classic biblical fall-from-grace tale of Adam and Eve. We see the leading character, Nic, at 5 years old as a boy in colonial Kenya, at age 16 in swinging London in the '60s, and as a grown man working as a film ethnographer. Each sequence shows how he lost some degree of his sexual innocence, whether it be through love, puberty, or masturbation. Shot all over the world, including Tunisia, Italy, and England, the film is an exploration of sex and loss through the life of one individual.

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Critic Reviews for The Loss of Sexual Innocence

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

A promising movie from Mike Figgis. Where are you Mike?

Jul 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

The material is... indulgent. The film is ambitious, but somehow incomplete.

Jul 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

It seems more like a student film turned in as a project assignment.

Feb 3, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…

One of the worst films ever made.

Jan 17, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

...Figgis -- one of the most interesting and meticulous directors around -- has made a genuinely boring and confusing movie.

Dec 8, 2002 | Rating: D

I see [Figgis's] point, and I appreciate what he tried ... but it left me cold.

Oct 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Loss of Sexual Innocence

This plot-free film plays like a stream of dreams. The downside is that it also feels like a film-school experiment driven by Calvin Klein ad aesthetics. The core story is about a filmmaker who has lost much more than the film's provocative title suggests. Scenes in which a curious child evolves to a jaded adult are also intercut with a modern version of Adam and Eve in which a black man and white woman emerge from a small lake. There's enough philosophical and cinematic doodling here for several films.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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½

Delicate approach on various,contemporary sexual topics,from the Adam-Eve standard to puzzling tales of liturgical beauty.Figgis' most allegorical film.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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Horrible.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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There are some people who can't even get these kind of shots on 35mm.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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