an excuse for a sex post: 10 of the Sexiest Foreign Films You Haven’t Seen

We reported that acclaimed Japanese director Nagisa Ôshima died. The iconoclastic filmmaker pursued a path that was often considered taboo, explicit, and deviant — especially when compared to the traditionalists working alongside him throughout his career. Ôshima is probably best remembered for his 1976 historical drama, In the Realm of the Senses, which featured scenes of unsimulated sex between actors. Controversy and censorship followed, but it wasn’t his only dalliance with eroticism, and Ôshima continued to reveal the forbidden in his films, while shedding light on political and cultural grievances. Sexy is entirely subjective, and we wanted to remember other oft-forgotten foreign films that explored the provocative and erotic.

Betty Blue

Despite its reputation as a quintessential French film and several Best Foreign Language Film award nominations in the States, this 1986 tale about an unstable young woman and her handyman lover is sometimes forgotten. Béatrice Dalle’s character embodies the steamy, dizzying intensity of amour fou.

Come Undone

A naturalistic, passionate, and moving portrait of sexual awakening amongst the sand dunes of Brittany about two young men who contend with difficult family drama during their summer of love.

Room in Rome

A Sapphic remake of the better known 2005 Chilean film En la cama, Room in Rome takes place between the walls of a hotel suite where a heady sexual relationship between two women unfolds into a complex and intimate baring of the soul — all tastefully and gorgeously framed and captured.

An Affair of Love

“It is about the desiring itself, not about what they desire. That makes it more intriguing than if we knew their secret — and sexier,” Roger Ebert wrote of the 1999 French film about an older woman and a younger man who meet for a casual fling and find more. Director Frédéric Fonteyne examines their evolving relationship with honesty.

Love on a Pillow

We could list a number of films starring Brigitte Bardot, but Love on a Pillow — directed by the French star’s former husband, Roger Vadim, after the couple divorced — is often cited as one of her best acted movies. And God Created Woman secured Bardot’s status as a film sex kitten, but this lesser watched 1962 movie allowed her to explore a deeper relationship on screen — in this case, a dysfunctional one. BB is undoubtedly the sexiest part of the movie.

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