A movie about overcoming the scourge of sexual frustration. Without sex, we are not likely to find love and happiness. Some people need help.
The "school for virgins", a place in Amsterdam that helps men who have not successfully been with a woman, are run by people who genuinely are reducing the suffering of the world. In a world where sexual frustration is one of the great evils of our society, I would welcome more work like this splendid documentary. Sexual frustration is something that should be identified as the health issue it is.
We meet James, a 26 year old virgin that embarks on his 'education' to unlearn his fear of women, and to be comfortable with his own body. His personality has many characteristics considered unattractive by women. As the education progresses, we see him build up an amount of confidence. Through it all, James shows us incredible courage, to talk openly about the very issues that he has been ridiculed for since his days in school. This movie is making a simple statement about sex. The vast majority of us all need it. It is a basic need, and without it, we are not likely to find happiness or love.
If everyone lost their virginity at 16, would we have less mental illness? Maybe even, less people willing to blow themselves up for 72 virgins in the afterlife.
The movie also makes you think about prostitution in a different way. It does not mention that in the Netherlands, prostitution is legal and considered by the majority of the population as a proper occupation, and not as deviant behavior (prostitutes may join workers unions). While it is far better to make love, then to simply have sex, there are those who are not fortunate to have that luxury. The tension that builds up as a result from 26 years of involuntary celibacy does not help in finding a girl-friend.
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