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Loss of Sexual Innocence, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Not so much a movie as a bunch of collected images."
4 stars

"Leaving Las Vegas" really blew me away back in 1995, and was one of the first films to really show and examine depression in the light I saw it. I must have jumped in on the peak of of Figgis' directing career, because as of yet, I still haven't gone back to watch his other films, and have only continued with the current. And although I did like "One Night Stand," it was still far from the ambience "Leaving Las Vegas" left me with.

"The Loss of Sexual Innocence" made me want to see it again, but I didn't. Maybe in a few years from now, but a repeated viewing wouldn't benefit me at all.

I take "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" (I just love that title!) to be more of an experimental film; a compliation of images intensified by personal meanings that you take out of it.

The preview is somewhat deceiving, setting it up to look like it has a flowing plot filled with lots of sex. But it's a non-linear tale, or more assembly of ideas and concepts. The center of
attraction would be the Nick character (Julien Sands), a filmmaker who reflects on his past and sexual history. His flashbacks were the weakest part, at least when he was a little kid ("Confronting a Mystery"). Maybe it was just me, but I didn't get the mystery part. I believe Figgis wanted it to be as esoteric as possible, so wanting to learn more about Nick as we see him in current form is pointless. But I feel that Figgis can just use that as an excuse for not developing the character when there should have been more. The character of his wife was a little undeveloped as well. Now, this is according to the preview, so if that was meant only as a tease, then it makes more sense. But according to it, her character was supposed to be living a fanstasy. We see a dream sequence of hers as she peruses around a stage exotic dancing. That was it. Okay, well if she's living a fantasy, maybe they should try exploring it more, otherwise that part left me cold.

A lot of the dialogue was very quiet, or even inaudible. Figgis purposefully did that because the film wasn't about what the characters had to say, but more what they did; watching it. "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" had some of the most stirring, evocative, and intriguing single scenes. One was of two twins, separated at birth, and randomly seeing each other as they pass by in a crowded airport. Sure the event itself was improbable and very coincidental, but the look on the womens faces (both played very well by Saffron Burrows) was entrancing. If twins were ever to catch sight of each other in such extenuating circumstances, I'm sure their reaction would have been nothing less.

I also liked the retelling of Adam and Eve. I thought it was original and semi-audacious to put as black man as Adam, and Eve, who looked like a distant relation to Lola (from "Run Lola Run") and Leelou, the Fifth Element, was trippy. Who knows, maybe the two are further generations of this Eve, spawned by the bed-braking scene with Adam! Another awesome scene had Burrow's character being "sacraficed" by some religious group in blue getups and blue paint (sorry, I'm lacking in knowledge of culture; I have no idea what religion there were). These images and scenes just popped out of the screen and grabbed you, held you, and took you over.

As far as sex goes in Figgis' films, the best filmed sex he's done was in "One Night Stand." But the sex is pretty decent (eye-catching to say the least) for the most part here too. But for a movie with such a catchy title, I wished Figgis could have done more to intrigue and provoke me the way the title does on its own. Just thinking of it reminds me of other movies like "Kissed" or "Crash." Although "Crash" didn't hold up to its potential, "Kissed" did, and beyond! Movies like that get my mind going, and in this case the title has it going in overdrive already, but when the movie is over, it's in 2nd gear.

Definitely not for all tastes, but worth a shot if you're looking for something unusual and oddly sexy. I liked it a lot, though there was a lot that it left me pondering, but also a movie which you basically make for yourself based on the analysis you pull from it. Self-satisfactory I guess.

Final Verdict: B+

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User Comments

3/04/03 a brilliant 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Empty-headed atrsy crap. Decent nudity from the red head, though. 2 stars
3/06/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress What an apt title, 'cuz I feel anally raped having viewed this. Maybe some will like it tho 3 stars
11/30/99 sybil if you appreciate film then its fantastic- if you don't you won't get it 5 stars
11/18/99 Len Very Bizzare 4 stars
7/01/99 David Film has nothing to say, and says it incoherently to boot; Awful Godard wannabe filmmaking 1 stars
6/21/99 EmpresS All I have to say is...What the.... 1 stars
6/08/99 Kenoshamaensa Lovely filmography, fine performances, electric ending--but admittedly not for everyone. 4 stars
6/03/99 Mr IMDB If you're looking for a traditional story keep looking. 2 stars
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