The movie has received some tremendous reviews so far but has also shocked many of those watching with its graphic sex scenes. Like the 1973 movie Don’t Look Now there has also been much talk over the fact that the sex scenes in the movie are meant to be real and not simulated.
It has been a talking point for years now that Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie were not acting during the famous Don’t Look Now sex scenes and the release of Paramount exec Peter Bart’s 2011 book Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex) seemed to confirm this rumour. Donald Sutherland has always denied this was true and insisted that the scenes were all simulated.
The new movie, directed by Tunisian Abdellatif Kechiche, tells the love story of Adèle and Emma and features, according to The Guardian the ‘most graphic lesbian sex scenes in mainstream cinema history.” Interestingly the 2 most talked about features of the movie are almost universally praised by critics who say that the sec scenes are beautifully and sympathetically shot and also that the movie is by no means too long and far from wishing for an edited version most people would have liked to sit through even more.
If the movie does win the Palme d’Or as is expected then it will not be Kechiche’s first festival win as his 2007 movie The Secret of the Grain won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as several Césars the following year.
The main threat to the movie winning the top prize seems to come from Alexander Payne’s new movie Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern as a man who believes he has won a prize in a sweepstake and decides to travel from his home in Montana to Nebraska to claim his prize.He makes the journey with his son, played by Will Forte, and during their trip they meet up with a number of different characters, friends and relatives.