The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  7 January 2000 (UK)
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Confused, non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, age 12, age 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950's Tunisia, and finally to his current ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adult Nic
English / Italian Twin
Susan's Mother
Nic, aged 16
Susan's Father
Blind Woman
John Cowey ...
Nic, aged 5
Nina McKay ...
Mixed Race Girl
Dickson Osa-Omorogbe ...
Jock Gibson Cowl ...
Old Colonial Man
Flash Man
Hanne Klintoe ...


Confused, non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, age 12, age 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950's Tunisia, and finally to his current life. Along the way he has sexual exploits with an older woman as a teen, gets involved with an Italian couple Tunisia that culminates in the killing of a local boy and the brutal revenge murder of the woman, and ultimately is married to a cold woman. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual images, pervasive nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Death and Loss of Sexual Innocence  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,354 (USA) (28 May 1999)


$399,793 (USA) (27 August 1999)

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1.78 : 1
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Excellent art film, not to be missed.
3 April 2000 | by (Hobart, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a true "art" film, it has great depth and insight, but doesn't give the viewer a clear story-line to follow or any help at all such as side comments or scene setters. The film is a virtual feast of expert filmmaking in all its facets, especially the fine framing of the scenes, truly natural acting and sound work second to none. How many filmmakers could make a short scene in a plane and the subsequent landing on the runway a filmic event of such beauty it will be long remembered.

I think this film is one not to be missed

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