Scenes Of A Sexual Nature [DVD]
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Romantic comedy drama centring around various couples discussing their romantic and erotic tribulations on a sunny afternoon on Hampstead Heath. Julia (Gina McKee) and Gerry (Hugh Bonneville) are on a blind date, but don't seem to be enjoying one another's company. Billy (Ewan McGregor) and Brian (Douglas Hodge) are a gay couple at a crossroads: Billy wants to settle down and adopt a child, but Brian doesn't believe this will curb his partner's chronic infidelity. Iris (Eileen Atkins) and Eddie (Benjamin Whitrow) were together many years ago, but aren't sure what to make of one another when they meet by chance in the park. Sara (Catherine Tate) and Pete (Adrian Lester) discover how much they care for one another just as they're on the verge of divorce. Jamie (Andrew Lincoln) finds he has some explaining to do when his wife Molly (Holly Aird) catches him eyeing up a pretty young woman (Eglantine Rembauville) who is inadvertently exposing her underwear. Ludo (Nick Sidi) and Anna (Sophie Okonedo) are a couple whose romance doesn't seem fated to live out the day. And Noel (Tom Hardy) is a lecherous sort who is looking for a woman as interested in sex as he is.
Set over the course of a day on Hampstead Heath, North London, Scenes of a Sexual Nature looks at the relationships of seven couples. There's a gay couple discussing what would happen if they decided to adopt a child; a couple in the process of divorce, talking about how they became an item; a wife who finds her husband staring at the underwear of a teenage girl; two people in their forties, experiencing an awkward blind date picnic; an elderly couple looking back on their love lives and a young man attempting to bed a recently dumped woman. Finally, there's a man who has decided that relationships are far too difficult and prefers to use the services of prostitutes. Ed Blum's insightful film looks at the complexity of relationships, what they have in common, and the rules that govern them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Storylines including a break up, a first date, cruising, adoption and a man who hires a prostitute he doesn't sleep with, for companionship. One of the most memorable story threads for me was one where two elderly people who've each been coming to the same bench every week for decades, finally meet.
It's a montage film, rather than the type with a clear beginning, middle and end, yet you can't help feeling compelled to keep watching.
Despite the title, it's not even remotely pornographic, it focusses on the characters' relationships with sex, and how it shapes their lives.
An enjoyable watch, particularly for a spring or summer afternoon.
There is much to admire about the shear honesty of each couples stories or discussions, there isn't a dishonest beat anywhere. It's not a particulary synamic film, almost more of a docunmentary with not start or end, but the film comes off better as a relaxed snapshot of each relationship. Each story is shot in loving fashion, with the Heath taking the role of a character in itself and setting the lazy and relaxed atmosphere for the film throughout. It's nice to see a park being used to create a relaxed atmosphere because after all why do we go to the park in the first place.
So if you fancy a relaxed evening with a nice glass of wine and not much to concentrate on but without the falseness of most this is a great one for you to rent or even buy.
I've seen excellent reviews for this film and I may well be in the minority but I found it just wooden and pointless and a waste of so much acting ability.
It was a wasted opportunity to create some complex and riveting issues among all the different couples in an idyllic setting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful British film that somehow had passed me by - well acted, amusing and charmingPublished 12 days ago by J. Anderson
What I mainly enjoyed about this produktion was the location! I also enjoyed the wellknown actors, of course. But Hampstead Heath is glorious.Published 2 months ago by Helle Dorrit Sorensen
What a complete load of Rubbish!!! All those great actors must have been so embarrassed after watching this film after they made it. Unbelievably badPublished 10 months ago by dee