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The thin line between porn and art

Critically lauded and award-winning films too may have sex scenes that are gratuitous and exploitative

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:46 AM
 

When is sex not sex? When it is in a critically well-received movie, of course. That is when sex - the physical act between two people - becomes something else.

What it becomes, no one can really say. Because an artistic movie can exploit sex. The award- winning Blue Is The Warmest Color certainly does. Sex in a critically acclaimed film can be gratuitous, in a loose sense of the word. Blue fits the bill here too.

In the version I watched overseas, there remained intact the "strong, prolonged and explicit sexual scenes", according to notes published on the Media Development Authority's Films Classification Database, which gave it an R21 rating after eight minutes of sexual material were removed by the film's distributor.

The clipped scenes were gratuitous, exploitative and unnecessary to the storyline, and any other word you might like to use to say that its inclusion was probably made for commercial reasons.

 
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