A passionate love story set against a backdrop of sexual freedom, loosely based on the relationship between 19th-century authors Pierre Louÿs and Marie de Régnier.


Lou Jeunet


Lou Jeunet (scenario), Raphaëlle Desplechin (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noémie Merlant ... Marie de Heredia
Niels Schneider ... Pierre Louÿs
Benjamin Lavernhe ... Henri de Régnier
Camélia Jordana ... Zohra
Amira Casar ... Madame de Heredia
Scali Delpeyrat Scali Delpeyrat ... José-Maria de Heredia
Emilien Diard-Detoeuf ... Jean de Tinan
Mathilde Warnier ... Louise
Mélodie Richard ... Hélène de Heredia
Damien Bonnard ... L'éditeur
Guilhem Fabre Guilhem Fabre ... Claude Debussy
Alexia Giordano ... La bouquetière
Akkram Soussi Akkram Soussi ... Le musicien tambour
Manuel Senra Manuel Senra ... Le dresseur d'autruches
Charlotte Bigeard Charlotte Bigeard ... La nourrice sur l'autruche


Paris 1895; Pierre is a Parisian dandy and poet on the verge of fame. He and his poet friend Henri are both madly in love with Marie, the cheeky daughter of their mentor, Franco-Cuban poet José-Maria de Heredia. Although she loves Pierre, obeying her father she marries Henri to pay off her father's debt and in search of a better social position. Thereupon Pierre decides to flee to Algeria and there meets Zohar, with whom he shares a passion for erotic photography. Returning to Paris with her two years later, he finds Marie again, who confesses that he is the one she loves. They start an affair against the backdrop of Paris's erotic photography, in a cat-and-mouse game with people who involve their lives and breaking the codes set by society which will will make them one of the best-known writers and poets of 19th-century France.

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Artistic erotic film!
24 October 2019 | by jp_91See all my reviews

Curiosa is an interesting erotic film about a woman's love and her sexuality, feminism crashing with machismo, a strange relationship about a free soul married woman who sometimes is a submissive object for love to a casanova photographer. The music score is amazing and the performances are correct, great filming locations, costumes and cinematography. The erotic scenes are perfectly filmed. Negative points are that sometimes the script is very slow and repetitive.

A good erotic art film based on true events, but it could be much better, something is missing.

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3 April 2019 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Île-de-France, France


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