There may be something undeniably appealing about watching a movie at the theater with a bucket of popcorn and an ice-filled glass of soda, but new research shows that over half of Americans prefer to stream movies at home. So, guess what, we are up with unforgettable erotic films for a sizzling night indoors.
Although nostalgic film-goers may miss the ambiance of the cinema, there is no doubt that many of its features (the screen size, snacks, and drinks) can be recreated at home. Moreover, some genres (one of which is erotic film) can sometimes seem more suitable for the intimacy of one’s home.
If you are planning a sensual date night at home, the following films may be worthy of making it to your list.
Black Swan By Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofksy is well known for his films portraying obsessive characters plagued by their world of fantasy intruding into reality. Just a few of his most renowned films include Nymphomaniac, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan. The latter, released in 2010 and starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, was described by one journalist to the director as “the most erotic film in America (made in) the last few years.”
The entire film is about one’s character’s need to unlock the sexuality she has repressed for years, as she works her way to the top of the nation’s top ballet company. The character is cast to play the lead in Swan Lake and she has to portray both innocence (the white swan) and sensuality (the black swan).
While she masters the former, she struggles at the latter, until she meets another dancer who incarnates the essence of sensuality. A kiss between the two characters is incredibly passionate, yet the moment stifled by the inability of the main character to accept herself as a sensual being.
Blue Is The Warmest Color By Adbellatif Kechiche
This film is easily one of the saddest yet most poignant films on many collectors’ shelves. It is the story of Adèle, a high school girl who dates men but whose life is turned upside down when she bumps into a blue-haired girl called Emma while crossing the street.
She becomes obsessed and the two can’t get enough of each other physically, but they are worlds away in terms of experience and sophistication. Emma is a well-to-do artist and over time, Adèle begins to feel inadequate by comparison.
She makes a series of unfortunate decisions that forever change the perfect relationship she had formed with Emma. The acting in this film was so good that the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival was awarded to both its lead actors (Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopolous) and to its director (Abdellatif Kechiche) for the first time in history.
9 ½ Weeks By Adrian Lyne
A classic film for those who associate sensuality with dressing up in role-playing outfits, taking on a new persona, and dabbling into risqué practices like BDSM. Kim Basinger portrays Elizabeth – a New York City art gallery worker who has a steamy affair with a Wall Street broker, John (played by Mickey Rourke).
At first, Elizabeth is excited when John starts to push her boundaries, but his penchant for domination destroys the pure feelings of love she has for him. He becomes increasingly bossy, telling her what to wear and choosing what she will eat. Eventually, she becomes aware of the dangers that being completely dependent on another can bring, and she decides to save herself instead.
Call Me By Your Name By Luca Guadagnino
Italian director, Luca Guadagnino, is known for incorporating nature into human eroticism, the Great Outdoors often providing the setting for incredibly romantic and sensual scenes. This is particularly evident in I Am Love, in which Tilda Swinton plays a repressed wife of a wealthy entrepreneur. She falls madly in love with a young Chef who seduces her through his incredibly flavorful dishes.
There is a dazzling love scene that takes place the first time the woman and the Chef make love. They are on the grass, surrounded by flowers, spring insects, and the magnificent sights and sounds of rustling leaves and billowing trees. Another film by Guadgnino that is known for its gentle sensuality is Call Me By Your Name.
This film captures the hearts of spectators from the beginning, with parallelism between its beautiful lead actors (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) and the classic ancient sculptures that are the subject of study of its protagonists. There are many lazy moments in which the characters are sitting on a tree, swimming in outdoor baths, or picking iconic peaches straight from the tree. The film is a true delight for the senses and like Blue is the Warmest Color, it delves into the almost inevitable pain of first love.
As autumn sets in, few things appeal more than snuggling by the fire and catching an erotic film. There are many to choose, from, some of which are more symbolic than others. Some delve into young love, others tap into love into romance in one’s mature years. Together, they show that eroticism is something whose importance never fades.