Two middle-aged couples are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship. While relaxing on a Caribbean island, they get an unconventional idea to enrich and, as a result, complicate their sexual lives.
Marika Sarah Procházková,
A married couple, Mike and Tony, decided, in view of their strained relations in recent years, on a romantic trip to the mountains. Unfortunately, their car breaks down on the road and they... See full summary »
Despite Diana's insecure nature, she and her husband Julian agree with the idea to sexually experiment with another couple. They put out an ad on the net to which the well experienced Alex ... See full summary »
Ellen van der Koogh,
Danny de Kok,
For some married couples, sex is an obsession that overwhelms their belief in strict monogamy. The ability to act out their sexual fantasies is more important than upholding any convention of love or marriage. Sex with Strangers paints an authentically intimate portrait of three such couples, from the euphoria of fantasies fulfilled to the desperation of splintering relationships, showing how their lives are profoundly affected by the lifestyle they lead. James and Theresa, a couple in their thirties, use their motor home as a pleasure palace travelling from club to club seducing couples wherever they go. Calvin and Sarah are thinking about getting married when they meet Julie, who doesn't swing, and isn't bisexual - until she falls for Calvin. Psychodrama almost displaces sex for Shannon and Gerard, who are passionate about swinging, even as they question whether the lifestyle is really for them. With unprecedented access to their lives, Sex with Strangers explores the reality of ... Written by
While it wasn't brilliant, there were aspects of real swinging that were fairly well covered. If anything, it's a good movie to watch if you're in a swinging couple or open relationship as the pitfalls are well categorised.
It doesn't really matter if it's real or recreated or scripted, as the issues covered are real. Speaking as a swinger myself, it does show the difference between social/emotional and sexual relationships. The older couple has a better view, that you have to be very strong in your relationship and have very firm ground rules, such as not 'playing' separately, or keeping the other informed of whereabouts.
Emotional attachments are a lot harder to deal with than casual sexual liaisons (ask anyone accused of having an internet "affair" when they've never met - its emotional infidelity) if both partners agree. But both do need to agree, and pressure is a no-no. All of this is shown in graphic detail in the movie.
Not so good if you're just curious about the lifestyle, more geared towards those already in it, or just starting in it. Best of luck!
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