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The Principles of Lust (2003)

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A man must choose between a settled domestic life and wilder nights in The Principles of Lust from director Penny Woolcock. Paul (Alec Newman) is a struggling artist who starts a relationship with Juliette (Sienna Guillory). The same day they meet, Paul makes the acquaintance of Billy (Marc Warren) and Hole (Lara Clifton) whose lives are a long string of drugs, sex, and violence. Paul veers between life with Juliette and her son, and the debauched excesses of Billy and Hole. The Principles of Lust is adapted from a novel by Tim Cooke, and was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This first feature from acclaimed TV director Woolcock may not entirely come off, but at least it's not playing safe.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A gripping and disturbing ride, it marks out Woolcock as a major talent for the future.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This tale of a novelist who's drawn into a dark subculture of sex, drugs, and bare-knuckle kiddie fighting is a fascinating failure that scores points for being bold enough to go against the grain.

March 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the sharp script examines ideas of masculinity and romance, it fumbles the ball right when it matters most.

March 17, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It trots out explicit scenes of sex, drugs and violence, but ultimately has little to say.

March 17, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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