The Acrobat is a 2019 Canada gay drama by Rodrigue Jean. Starring Sébastien Ricard,
Yury Paulau and Victor Fomine.
Passed 18 uncut for 2020 DVD release with the BBFC comment that the film contains strong real sex.
Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. One man is a
Russian-born professional acrobat whose future is jeopardized by a broken leg. The other is a buttoned-down, well groomed man of few words. Which one dominates? Which one manipulates? As it turns out, love is painful and human relations are complex.
Ke is a young man who is a Beijing Opera actor. He decides to pursue acting, and soon becomes a commercial sex worker for men.
There is plenty of full male nudity, and
there are many explicit sex scenes. The sex scenes are there to make the film commercial, but they do not distract the deep subplots about the meaning of life, reincarnation and karma
Always Say Yes is a 2019 Chile / Mexico gay drama by Alberto Fuguet. Starring Gerardo Torres Rodríguez, Pavel Akindog and Anty de la Vega.
Passed 18 uncut for scenes of real sex, strong nudity.
Héctor travels from Hermosillo to Mexico City with the hope of posing naked for photography collective Feral. His friend Carlos chose not to go with him, and Héctor, determined to
experiment with his desire without limits, promises himself to always say yes.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for scenes of real sex, strong nudity:
One of the episodes contains strong sexualised nudity when a man searches through images on his dead wife's phone to find evidence of her infidelity and discovers
photographs of an erect penis. There is also brief sight of a man with an erect penis in a later scene. These scenes meant that this episode is more appropriately placed at 18.
American Translation is a 2011 France drama by Pascal Arnold &
Jean-Marc Barr. With Lizzie Brocheré, Pierre Perrier and Djédjé Apali.
Uncut in the UK (18) and US (Unrated)
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful Aurore (Lizzie
Brochere') fall instantly and passionately in love but it s not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris s dark obsession with gay men. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction
of young gay hustlers. Hard-hitting, intensely sexy and wildly controversial, American Translation is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation.
This movie shows a lot of skin and is a disturbing drama. A movie that does not
care if you like it's main character but has an interesting journey to follow.
Not to everyone's taste, but if you like weird movies, then try it.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, nudity and brief real sex for:
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2012:
In addition to sight of erections, there is a sequence in which a pornographic film is viewed, which includes real masturbation and oral sex. However, the emphasis
is on the character watching the film and the briefly seen sex illustrates the character's sexual obsession, rather than being the focus of the scene. It could therefore be contained at 18.
Anatomy of Hell is a 2004 France film by Catherine Breillat. With Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi and Alexandre Belin.
Uncut in the UK and US
Summary Review :
Words and ideology
A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's unwatchable .
The movie is not simply about the visuals. This film
is as much about words and ideology as the imagery is about fragility, beauty and censorship. The script is powerful and confronting and the dialogue is beautifully supported by the equally powerful visual aspects.
We become voyeurs on an
exploration of myth, ideology, sexuality, and identity, going through as much of a revelation as the male lead does when personal ideology impacts with truth.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexual detail and strobing effects for:
Annabelle partagée is a 1991 France drama by Francesca Comencini. Starring Delphine Zingg, François Marthouret and Jean-Claude Adelin.
Uncut and 18 rated by the BBFC for 1992 cinema release and 1993 VHS.
Contains real sex.
An emotionally touching, beautiful tale of love, that is filled with a sense of melancholy and moodiness, and yet never falls into melodrama or self-pity.
Some might find the sex a little explicit. But then again, this is a film about relationships, relationships that consist of little more than sex... it only seems natural that the intimacy should be given its fair share of screen
time. Still, the sex never threatens to overwhelm the rest of the film - this is no soft-porn dressed up as art, by any means.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
1993 Tartan VHS
1992 cinema release
The BBFC commented that Annabelle partagée is one of the small group of videos featuring unsimulated sex that has been classified by the BBFC at the 18 category
- 2009 Denmark/Germany/France/Sweden/Italy/Poland drama by Lars Von Trier.
Antichrist is a 2009 Denmark/Germany/France/Sweden/Italy/Poland drama by Lars Von Trier. With Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm.
Uncut in the UK and US.
The BBFC explained their 18 rating:
At '18', the BBFC's Guidelines state that the more explicit images of sexual activity are unlikely to be permitted unless they
can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a 'sex work'. A 'sex work' is defined as a work whose 'primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation'. It is clear that ANTICHRIST is not a 'sex work' but a serious drama exploring issues
such as grief, loss, guilt and fear.
The brief images of explicit real sex (sight of a penis penetrating a vagina during a consensual sex scene and sight of the man's penis being masturbated to climax) are exceptionally
justified, in this context, by the manner in which they illustrate the film's themes and the nature of the couple's relationship. Their relationship is depicted throughout in a graphic and unflinching fashion, both psychologically and physically.
The BBFC has permitted comparable explicit images in a number of previous features at the '18' level (eg L'EMPIRE DES SENS, 9 SONGS, SHORTBUS and Lars von Trier's earlier film, THE IDIOTS) where it has been clear that the purpose
of the work - and the individual images in question - is not simply to arouse viewers but to illustrate characters, relationships and themes.
Note that the hardcore shots are inserted into the sex scenes and are attributed to body
doubles Horst Stramka and Mandy Starship.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex,
bloody violence and self-mutilation for:
Apostles is a 2022 Hong Kong gay drama by Scud Starring Amanwithahat, Simon Athena
and Gavin Philip Che
BBFC notes that the film contains strong real sex.
A scholar claiming to be an apostle to Socrates and Plato, finds it hard to face his end. With the help of his wife and
his ex-partner's family, he recruits 12 young men to come to his secluded manor to pursue the exploration of death. Philosophical discussions aside, the practices encompass climbing the volcanic summit of Mt. Fuji, bondage, sexual activities, and even
UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong real sex, nudity:
2023 Bounty Films Blu-ray (rated 30/10/2023) at UK Amazon on 22nd Janary 2024
Assassin is a 1997 France crime drama by Mathieu Kassovitz. With Michel
Serrault, Mathieu Kassovitz and Mehdi Benoufa.
Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and
passionless thief to be his successor.
The film begins well enough, with Wagner recruiting Max and training him to take over his job. Then, about two-thirds of the way through, the film abruptly changes direction and seems to go
off on some kind of crusade to educate the world about the dangers of video games on impressionable young boys. At that point, the film loses its momentum and the violence which ensues appears senseless and gratuitous.
Thanks to Gary.
The real sex is a brief scene of a character watching a porn movie on TV.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, real sex and sexual violence references for:
At Any Price is a 2012 USA thriller by Ramin Bahrani. Starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron and Kim Dickens.
In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a
high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief strong sexual image for:
At Any Price, a US drama about the relationship between a father and his rebellious son, has a scene in which a young woman looks through a pornographic magazine and reveals
a bare-breasted woman engaged in oral sex. The explicit sexual imagery is brief and isolated and in the context of a dramatic work where the intention is neither sexual arousal nor stimulation. Consequently, it was passed uncut at 18.