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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)



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Director Mike Figgis, creator of the Academy award-winning Leaving Las Vegas, presented this film's world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. The story is made up of non-linear, interconnected episodes about a man at different stages of his life, all of which explicate thematically the film's title. The film also juxtaposes a retelling of the classic biblical fall-from-grace tale of Adam and Eve. We see the leading character, Nic, at 5 years old as a boy in colonial Kenya, at age 16 in swinging London in the '60s, and as a grown man working as a film ethnographer. Each sequence shows how he lost some degree of his sexual innocence, whether it be through love, puberty, or masturbation. Shot all over the world, including Tunisia, Italy, and England, the film is an exploration of sex and loss through the life of one individual.


Saffron Burrows
as English Twin, Italian Twin
Julian Sands
as Nic - as Adult
John Cowey
as Nic, aged 5
Johanna Torrel
as Nic's Wife
George Moktar
as Nic (age 12)
James Bradley
as Band Member
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Critic Reviews for The Loss of Sexual Innocence

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Not all of it works, but you play along, because it's rare to find a film this ambitious.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A promising movie from Mike Figgis. Where are you Mike?

July 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

The material is... indulgent. The film is ambitious, but somehow incomplete.

July 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

It seems more like a student film turned in as a project assignment.

February 3, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…

One of the worst films ever made.

January 17, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

...Figgis -- one of the most interesting and meticulous directors around -- has made a genuinely boring and confusing movie.

December 8, 2002 | Rating: D

Audience Reviews for The Loss of Sexual Innocence

This plot-free film plays like a stream of dreams. The downside is that it also feels like a film-school experiment driven by Calvin Klein ad aesthetics. The core story is about a filmmaker who has lost much more than the film's provocative title suggests. Scenes in which a curious child evolves to a jaded adult are also intercut with a modern version of Adam and Eve in which a black man and white woman emerge from a small lake. There's enough philosophical and cinematic doodling here for several films.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Delicate approach on various,contemporary sexual topics,from the Adam-Eve standard to puzzling tales of liturgical beauty.Figgis' most allegorical film.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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