Category: Erotic Movies
Taglines: Every woman needs an escape.
The seemingly lush, well-ordered life of Zoe Reynard spins frenetically out of control when she is drawn into a passionate escape from her everyday world in ADDICTED, the first major feature film adapted from the work of Zane — the best-selling author dubbed “the queen of erotica.” Based on Zane’s very first novel, ADDICTED is the simultaneously provocative, suspenseful and emotional story of a happily married, highly successful businesswoman who unexpectedly finds herself crossing the line, only to become entangled in a sticky web of heated affairs that endanger everything she loves.
ADDICTED kicked off a series of novels by Zane that, over the last decade, have carved out a provocatively candid view of women in a way they’ve not often been seen: as fiercely independent and unapologetically sexual, with complex desires that can be as risky as they are compelling. Now, for the first time Zane’s alternately juicy and truthful insights into women’s romantic and sensual lives comes to the movies in a scorching thriller.
Director Bille Woodruff (HONEY, “The Game”) brings together the volatile chemistry of Sharon Leal (DREAMGIRLS) with Boris Kodjoe (LOVE & BASKETBALL, “Soul Food”), William Levy (THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB, “Dancing With The Stars”) and top male model Tyson Beckford in this story of desire inside and outside of marriage, and in and out of the usual bounds of restraint.
Though infidelity gone wrong is a theme that has been taken up in thrillers ranging from Golden Age film noirs to FATAL ATTRACTION, ADDICTED turns the typical storyline on its head: putting a powerful woman at the center of its journey into sexual and marital jeopardy.
“Telling this kind of story from a female point of view makes it fresh. We’ve seen the male POV on the sexual thriller in every kind of way. But this is a different and exciting take all its own,” says Paul Hall, who serves as producer.
The Uninhibited World of Zane
For Zane, ADDICTED turned out to be a breakout novel. Not only did the book blaze a new trail for women’s erotic fiction, it was also the spark that lit dozens more best sellers, as well as a popular social network and two steamy Cinemax series. Most of it all, it forged Zane’s reputation for crafting raw, candid, humor-and-suspense-filled stories that finally broke open taboo conversations about women’s fantasies, impulses and real sex lives.
The mother of three children, who got her start writing edgy stories for her own enjoyment, Zane has been a pioneer on multiple fronts. She is one of only a few African-American women to make the New York Times fiction bestseller “print list” in this century. Yet she says she never anticipated the degree to which she would tap into an unaddressed need for the kind of stories few others were telling. Her stories were a way of expressing something honest about life, including the sexual parts of life, she says, and the idea that others found them sensual adventures took her by surprise.
“Believe it or not, I never imagined ADDICTED would be a published book let alone a movie because at the time that I wrote it, I was mostly writing to entertain myself,” she confesses. “But I knew I wanted to write a story about how what happens to us in childhood affects our adult lives. I also wanted to write about a woman in therapy, because it’s still considered a stigma in the African-American community.”
She goes on: “And I also really wanted to talk more about how women truly do have needs and desires just like men do — but these desires too often are not even mentioned, let alone addressed. There are still a lot of double standards when it comes to women. So I started writing about this woman named Zoe who was married and doing the most, but was unable to talk to her husband about her desires.”
Zoe’s long-suppressed impulses drive her to endanger herself, the business she has worked so diligently to build and the family that is her very sustenance. Yet, Zane ultimately sees her as a courageous woman – one who must better understand herself and the roots of what turns out to be a sexual addiction if she has any hope of saving her marriage and her life.
“Even though Zoe can seem like the weakest link in ADDICTED, I always felt she was really the strongest character in the story,” the author explains. “She’s the one who ultimately finds the strength to confront her issues head-on. Lots of people try to cope with things instead of really resolving them. But every day is a gift and every day is a great opportunity to make a change in your life – and that’s what comes through to Zoe.”
The degree to which readers embraced ADDICTED was unanticipated but enormously gratifying to Zane. She became increasingly aware of how few outlets women have to talk about – and immerse themselves in — the most hidden, passionate aspects of their lives. “I started meeting women who had read the book and fell into my arms crying because they related to Zoe. I also saw people getting into intense arguments about Zoe’s actions so I knew these characters had truly become real to people,” Zane recalls.
As for why her characters have touched so many, Zane offers: “I think everyone is interested in personal relationships and no one has a completely perfect marriage. I know so many extremely successful women – corporate leaders, celebrities, powerful women – who are in complicated or toxic relationships. The truth is, no matter who you are, no one ever gets over that need to be loved, that hope for someone who understands you at every level.”
Although talk of turning ADDICTED into a movie began almost as soon as the book was published, Zane is thrilled with the way it has finally become a reality. “One of the things that most excites me is that I think this will be quite cutting edge for an African-American film,” she concludes. “Bille Woodruff understood exactly what the book was trying to get across and then he brought it together with an incredible cast and a very committed studio in Lionsgate. I really can’t wait for people to see it.”
Zane at the Movies
It was the way Zane mixed such palpably familiar characters into some of life’s most tempting, provocative and unsettling situations that drew director Bille Woodruff to commit to the taboo-busting project.
He began by exploring the broad appeal of her books. “Zane’s books have spoken to a huge audience who want to be addressed,” the director observes. “I think we’re entering a time when audiences are more interested than ever to see women’s sexual empowerment explored in new and different ways, so it seemed that the script for ADDICTED came along at just the right moment.”
The script by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash focused in on ADDICTED’s alluring lead character, Zoe Reynard, whose picture perfect world begins to unravel, strand by strand, when she is tempted to step out on a beautiful marriage she doesn’t want to lose. As Zane had so deftly done, the screenplay took a fevered look inside Zoe’s most covert drives, even as they lead her into a shocking self-confrontation and a potentially deadly situation.
“It’s a story that is by turns sexy, scary, titillating and revealing,” says Woodruff. “But most of all I felt the story of ADDICTED was about a marriage in terrible danger and how both Zoe and her husband Jason have to fight together to save it.”
He was also drawn to elements of the story that break open myths. “The story is edgy and it’s entertaining, but it also deals with an issue in sex addiction that is very real and I found it compelling that Zoe takes the step of going to a therapist, which is often seen as taboo in the African-American community,” Woodruff says. “It’s an erotic thriller on one level, but I think it will also start some important and interesting conversations.”
For producer Paul Hall, Woodruff was just the right director to balance the twists of the story with the spirit of Zane’s unabashed explorations into the full spectrum of feminine sexual experiences. “Bille works extremely well with women, which he exemplified earlier in HONEY and BEAUTY SHOP, and with this film, I think he’s really been able to capture the female perspective. At the same time, he works equally well with men,” says Hall. “This was a real chance for him to take his skills in a new direction.”
To bring the story to life, Woodruff knew the most essential element would be casting –finding just the right mix of volatile physical and emotional chemistry between the leads.
Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Starring: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, John Newberg, Cameron Mills, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, Maria Howell, Omer Mughal
Screenplay by: Christina Welsh, Ernie Barbarash
Production Design by: Jeffrey Pratt Gordon
Cinematography by: Joseph White
Film Editing by: Bruce Cannon
Costume Design by: Lorraine Coppin
Set Decoration by: Sarah Carter
Music by: Aaron Zigman
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and brief drug use.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his manager, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
Fading Gigolo is an American film directed, written by and starring John Turturro, co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
About the Story
Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), a wealthy dermatologist, mentions to her patient Murray (Woody Allen) that she and a woman friend (Sofía Vergara) wish to experience a ménage à trois and asks if he knows a willing man. Murray, whose used bookstore has failed, convinces his friend and former employee Fioravante (John Turturro) to take the gig, as both are short of money.
Soon they build a thriving gigolo trade with Murray as the pimp. Murray lives with an African-American woman (Tonya Pinkins) and her children, one of whom gets head lice. Murray takes the boy to Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the attractive widow of a Hassidic rabbi, for treatment.
Murray tells her Fioravante is a massage healer who can help her and takes her to see him. Too observant to even shake hands with him, she nonetheless allows Fioravante to massage her back and that touch, the first since her husband died, brings her to tears.
Meanwhile, Dovi (Liev Schreiber), who works for Shomrim, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood patrol, becomes suspicious and follows Murray. Dovi is in love with Avigal, but she does not encourage him. Fioravante and Avigal meet several more times, culminating in a kiss in the park.
Fioravante is summoned to the long planned ménage, but is unable to finish. The two women cheerfully realize the truth—he has fallen in love. Murray is kidnapped by a group of Hassids, taken to a Rabbinic Court, and interrogated. Avigal interrupts the court and confesses to violating the laws of modesty, but nothing more, explaining she was lonely.
Avigal now accepts Dovi, but has him drive her to Fioravante to say good bye. Fioravante tells Murray he is leaving, but reconsiders after an encounter with a beautiful woman (Loan Chabanol).
Sharon Stone Cozies Up With Sofia Vergara
Most actresses who are approaching their 56th birthday would probably shy away from a sexually adventurous role that involved revealing lingerie, hiring a male prostitute, and engaging in a ménage à trois with another woman. But then again, most actresses aren’t Sharon Stone.
In the upcoming film “Fading Gigolo,” Stone plays Dr. Parker, a successful dermatologist who is looking for a different way to encounter some skin. Stone calls her character “a flower which hasn’t bloomed… a bud, a very tightly closed bud.” But when Parker lets her client Murray (Woody Allen) know she’s looking to broaden her horizons, he suggests his pal Fioravante (John Turturro, who also writes and directs) could help her out for the right price.
Stone, of course, is not known for playing sexually repressed characters. She became a household name 22 years ago in the notorious “Basic Instinct,” which lead to a series of uninhibited leading roles. But Stone says she relishes her new role because her character is experiencing new passions for the first time.
Stone says Parker gets introduced to “feelings of attraction, feelings of jealousy, feelings of wonder, feelings of hopefulness, that delicious feeling of ‘ooh I might know how to get to be sexy.’” And, she says, the fact that this new awareness comes later in life makes it all the more appealing. “It’s all delightful because she’s 50, not 20,” says Stone, “and it’s so touching to see that at any age we can discover ourselves anew.”
A major part of Parker’s awakened sense of adventure is the prospect of bringing her friend Selima, played by Sofia Vergara, in on the fun. Vergara describes Selima as “a little cuckoo… she’s not afraid of screaming, crying, saying and doing whatever she wants.”
But there’s another woman in Fioravante’s world who he finds himself drawn to for reasons other than money. Vanessa Paradis plays Avigal, the widow of a Hassidic rabbi who has no experience with real intimacy. Paradis, the French singer-actress who was formerly attached to Johnny Depp, makes her English-language debut here. Turturro says that while her background couldn’t be further from that of her character, Paradis connected with the role in a very personal way: “Sometimes a role just resonates with somebody, because of whatever they’re going through, or their age, or anything at all, and you can’t separate the performance from the reality.”
Directed by: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber
Screenplay by: John Turturro
Production Design by: Lester Cohen
Cinematography by: Marco Pontecorvo
Film Editing by: Simona Paggi
Costume Design by: Donna Zakowska
Set Decoration by: Sheila Bock
Music by: Abraham Laboriel, Bill Maxwell
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Taglines: Forget about love.
Nymphomaniac is a wild, poetic drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, over the next eight chapters, recounts the lusty story of her highly erotic life. Seligman reads a lot of books, from which he has acquired various general knowledge. He connects the stories told with what he has read about.
The story is divided in 2 volumes and 8 chapters, Volume I follows Young Joe as portrayed by Stacy Martin, while the older Joe in Seligman’s apartment is played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Volume II follows Joe as portrayed by Charlotte Gainsbourg.
“The Compleat Angler”
“The Little Organ School”
“The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)”
Some plot elements
Joe and her best friend B ride a train, competing on being the first to have sex in the train with another passenger, usually in the toilet. They offer a man who paid their ticket to have sex with him. He declines, being on his way to his wife, since it is a favorable day with respect to her fertility. Joe gives him a blowjob anyway (in his seat), and the man cannot resist the temptation.
As a girl Joe asks Jerôme: “If I asked you to take my virginity, would that be a problem?”, and he answers that it is not a problem. The sex is quick and not very satisfying for Joe.
Joe applies for a job as secretary, although she has hardly any of the required skills. Jerôme happens to be interim manager, and hires her. He wants sex with her in the elevator, but she refuses. When the regular manager returns she is fired.
When one of Joe’s many sex partners stays too long she tells him that she wants to break up with him because he does not break up with his wife, Mrs. H. He leaves, breaks up with Mrs. H, and returns with his things, to move in with her. Mrs. H and three young sons arrive, and let Joe and the man know how much misery they have caused. Meanwhile another sex partner of Joe arrives, making the situation even more awkward.
Chaotic situations occur when Joe’s father is dying in the hospital. In between Joe has sex with people in the hospital.
Joe and Jerôme have a relationship, and get a son. Joe wants more sex than Jerôme can handle, therefore he requests her to have also sex with other men.
Joe regularly visits young man K, in a setting like that of a doctor, with a waiting room with other female clients/patients, to be tied up nakedly and whipped. She leaves her young son unattended, after which Jerôme breaks up with her, taking their son with him.
Joe hires an interpreter to invite a black foreigner in the street to have sex with her. He agrees and comes to a hotel room, but is unexpectedly accompanied by a friend. The three have sex together, during which the two men quarrel with each other, and treat her as an object.
Joe becomes debt collector: together with some assistants she puts pressure on men to pay up (either money really owed, or as a form of extortion), using her insight into the psychological and sexual weak spots of men, in cases where violence and destruction of property does not work. At her mentor’s advice she grooms the girl P with criminal parents, preparing her to be her successor. P joins the debt collection team. One day she brings along a gun, but Joe does not agree with that and takes it from her, and keeps it. Joe and P, now an adult, become friends and have sex with each other.
One day the debt collection target is Jerôme. Joe does not come along, she instructs P to avoid violence and allow him a reasonable payment scheme. When Jerôme and P get too friendly with each other, Joe gets jealous and attempts to kill Jerôme with the gun, but fails: the gun is loaded, but she forgets to rack it. Jerôme beats her up. This is where Seligman finds her.
Seligman confesses to be asexual. However, he tries to rape Joe in her sleep, assuming she, as a nymphomaniac, would not mind. However, she wakes up and kills him with the gun.
Nymphomaniac Vol. 1
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen
Screenplay by: Lars von Trier
Production Design by: Simone Grau
Cinematography by: Manuel Alberto Claro
Film Editing by: Morten Højbjerg, Jacob Secher Schulsinger, Molly Marlene Stensgaard
Costume Design by: Manon Rasmussen
Set Decoration by: Thorsten Sabel
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Taglines: Say goodbye to innocence.
In suburban Chicago, teenagers Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod fall in love after they are introduced by Jade’s brother Keith. Jade’s family is known in their community for a bohemian lifestyle, allowing them to develop an all-consuming and passionate relationship; including allowing the two to make love in Jade’s bedroom. In contrast to the openness of her family, David’s home life is dull; his parents are wealthy political activists who are not actively involved in his life.
One night Jade’s mother Ann sneaks downstairs, and upon seeing Jade and David make love in her living room, starts living through them vicariously. Jade’s father, Hugh, watches the couple with increasing unease. Soon Jade realizes her regular sexual encounters with David are depriving her of sleep and adversely affecting her grades at school. Eventually, she tries to steal a sleeping pill in order to get some sleep, but her father catches her in the act. Subsequently, he insists David stop seeing Jade until the end of the school term in 30 days. Although David is heavily opposed to this idea, Ann gently coaxes him into agreeing, telling him not to let Hugh “do something he’ll regret.”
One of David’s friends jokingly suggests kidnapping Jade to get her back or burning down the Butterfield house in revenge. Another friend Billy, then tells David that when he was 8-years-old he tried burning a pile of newspapers and after he became scared, put the fire out, only to find his parents think he was a hero for saving the house from burning. Inspired by this story, David starts a fire on the Butterfields’ front porch and walks away briefly to be seen returning to the flame. By the time he returns, the flame has spread too far and he rushes to warn the family but he is too late, the entire house is lost.
Following the trial for arson, David is sent to a mental hospital for the next two years and is forbidden from ever going near Jade or her family again. Nevertheless, he continues to write daily, but his letters are held and never mailed. He receives them upon his exit, learning for the first time why Jade never wrote back, thus renewing his spark to pursue her.
When David is released on probation, he goes to look for Jade and remains in love with her. In the meantime, following the loss of their home, the Butterfield family has moved from Chicago to Manhattan, and Ann and Hugh divorce. In Manhattan, Ann tries to seduce David, but he refuses and tells her he can make love only with Jade. In a chance meeting, Hugh sees David on the streets of Manhattan and while chasing David, Hugh is hit by a car and killed. Hugh’s new girlfriend Ingrid Orchester, catches up to the scene and cannot put together what just happened, but later recognizes David as having been present at the accident.
Later, Jade goes to see David to say goodbye but he pulls her back as she tries to leave, throwing her on the bed and begging for her to admit she still loves him. Jade does, and resumes her relationship with him. When Keith tells the couple to come downstairs, he tells Jade that David is at fault for their father’s death. Jade refuses to believe this and turns to David for the truth. He tries to explain it was an accident, but Keith fights with David until the police arrive and arrest David.
Sent to prison, David seems doomed never to see Jade again. Jade tells her mother that no one will ever love her the way David does. The final scene shows Jade walking toward the prison where David is being held.
About the Production
The first trailer was released on December 23, 2013. On January 28, 2014, the film was given a PG-13 rating for “sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language, and teen partying.”
Like the original, Endless Love has received negative reviews from film critics. Criticism was mainly made towards the many liberties taken with the original source material. The film currently holds a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 84 reviews with the consensus: “Blander than the original Endless Love and even less faithful to the source material, this remake is cliched and unintentionally silly.”
In 2013, after reading the screenplay for the film, Scott Spencer, the author of the novel on which the film was based, wrote that “It’s about one hundred pages, and the only ones that were not dreary were sciatica inducing”. In 2014 he wrote that his novel “has been even more egregiously and ridiculously misunderstood” in making the remake than in the 1981 film.
End title track “Don’t Find Another Love” was sung by Tegan and Sara and written by Golden Globe award-winning composer Julie Frost. Singer / songwriter Skylar Grey’s cover of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” was used for the trailer of the film. In addition, the song “Explosions” by Ellie Goulding was used in trailers adapted as television commercials. Another song which was taken is the track “Pumpin Blood” by the Swedish dance-pop trio NONONO. Director Shana Feste had considered using the original film’s iconic theme song in one scene but eventually decided against it.
Directed by: Shana Feste
Starring: Emma Rigby, Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Rhys Wakefield, Robert Patrick, Joely Richardson, Anna Enger, Dayo Okeniyi, Fabianne Therese, Paisley Scott Dickey
Screenplay by: Shana Feste, Joshua Safran
Production Design by: Clay A. Griffith
Cinematography by: Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by: Maryann Brandon
Costume Design by: Stacey Battat
Set Decoration by: Wayne Shepherd
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 14, 2014