The Loss of Sexual Innocence
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence
Director Mike Figgis, creator of the Academy award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, presented this film's world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. The story is made up of non-linear, interconnected episodes about a man at different stages of his life, all of which explicate thematically the film's title. The film also juxtaposes a retelling of the classic biblical fall-from-grace tale of Adam and Eve. We see the leading character, Nic, at 5 years old as a boy in colonial Kenya, at age 16 in swinging London in the '60s, and as a grown man working as a film ethnographer. Each… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A promising movie from Mike Figgis. Where are you Mike?"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of the worst films ever made."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Explores the twists and turns of sexual desire in the life of an English film director born in South Africa."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a shame that Figgis has so little purpose for all this painterly loveliness."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"The material is... indulgent. The film is ambitious, but somehow incomplete."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"...Figgis -- one of the most interesting and meticulous directors around -- has made a genuinely boring and confusing movie."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A turgid, rotten bore that pretty much signals the death of "art" cinema as we know it."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"It seems more like a student film turned in as a project assignment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I see [Figgis's] point, and I appreciate what he tried ... but it left me cold."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"So personal as to be self-indulgent, so self-indulgent as to make not a single iota of sense to anyone but Figgis, this admittedly captivating but wholly incoherent and utterly baffling experience will likely leave everyone else dumbfounded."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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