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Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)

Benjamin Whitrow , Ewan McGregor , Edward Blum  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Benjamin Whitrow, Ewan McGregor, Douglas Hodge, Holly Aird, Adrian Lester
  • Directors: Edward Blum
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUFJ0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sex and love. Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it. Set on one afternoon on Hampstead Heath, London, the film investigates the minutiae of seven couples. The film is a comedic and erotically charged look at what makes us tick, and it seems that what makes us tick is complex, dark and ludicrously funny.


Great cast ....Terrific story.... Must see --Rockstar

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seven short stories against a beautiful backdrop... November 30, 2008
On a lovely day in Hampstead Heath, seven couples explore their relationships, find love, break up, and come to a crossroads. Most of the seven stories are not intertwined, except for a few parting glances here or there, and one man who is desperately looking to couple up with a woman for the day.

The good: I loved the story between Pete and Sara, who I thought were a lovely as husband and wife, and then realized that they were there to share the joint custody of their child, each clutching their divorce papers in hand. It appears that they still love each other, but something is not...right.

I also enjoyed the scenes between Brian and Billy (played by Ewan McGregor) a couple who are grappling with the decision to adopt a child, when Billy is having a hard time growing up.

Ludo and Esther also gave good performances. If I hadn't read the blurb on the back of the DVD cover, I would have thought that this duo had been together for years and very happy, but this one had a little shock and surprise at the end.

The bad: Eddie and Iris's story had captured me at first. Two old friends meeting 40-50 years later, on the same bench they frequented when they were 17, as they were once in love. Something lost me in the middle when it could have been very romantic.

Molly and Jamie were featured in the first story, a happily married unit, whose relaxing day is ruined when Jamie spends a little too much time staring a French girl, whose underwear is showing. He then makes up this convoluted story about how he once read the same book she's reading and tells his wife what it's about, etc. She then sees through the falsehood, then goes to the French girl to catch her husband in a lie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature': not a disclaimer but a joy January 18, 2008
The British have done it again - successfully shown how talent, ensemble attitude, prudent production values, and esprit de corps can result in a first class thoughtful comedy of life. A first outing for writer Aschlin Ditta and director Ed Blum, this entertaining, intelligent and beautifully wrought film is a veritable showcase of some of Britain's finest actors.

The concept is a simple one: one sunny afternoon on Hampstead Heath overlooking London the camera moves among seven couples acting out the sexual overtones of relationships. No, there is no graphic action here: it is absolutely unnecessary, so candid and intelligent is the script. The couples we meet are 1) Eileen Atkins and Benjamin Whitrow, two alone, aging characters whose proclivity for weekly visits to the same bench result in a courtship dance of sorts; 2) Andrew Lincoln and Holly Aird discussing their rather dry state of marriage as Andrew's eyes understandably caress the beautiful Eglantine Rembauville-Nicolle reading Camus nearby, causing a crack in the couple's marriage; 3) Sophie Okenedo distraught at a breakup is consoled then seduced by flippant Tom Hardy; 4) Adrian Lester and Catherine Tate are in the final paper stages of divorce, trying to overcome their feelings for their frolicking little daughter; 5) Ewan McGregor and Douglas Hodge are a gay couple contemplating adoption despite McGregor's character's wandering eye; 6) Hugh Bonneville and Catherine Tate banter the fragility of a first date over lunch and wine and distrust; and Polly Walker 'sells' her time and attentions to willing buyer Mark Strong.

The phrase on the cover of the very well made DVD states it well: 'Sex and love. Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Windowpanes To the Human Condition May 1, 2008
An enjoyable, thought-provoking set of stories that flow at a brisk pace, "Scenes of a Sexual Nature" sports a nifty set of windowpanes to the human condition, in particular what drives romantic relationships.

Set entirely within London's pristine Hampstead Heath, a vast, pristine forest and parkland, this edgy collaboration between first-time writer Aschlin Ditta and producer/director Ed Blum has a distinct, raw flavor. With above-average actors and Ditta's candid dialogue, the film feels consistently fresh and rarely forced with a wry, witty classical soundtrack by Dominik Scherrer to underscore the proceedings.

An accent or two sounds a little shaky, and the PC card may be pushed a tad too self-consciously (three mixed-race and one gay couple are involved), but this pays no ultimate disserve to the film's overall effect. Whether it is an awkward blind date, the prospect of adoption or a newly divorced couple happy to be simply acquaintances, each situation is treated with equal attention, poetically weaving into the next. Some elements veer toward the unrealistic (the divorced couple walking in arm in arm, for one), providing only a minor drawback.

The most enjoyable pairing is that of illustrious actors Benjamin Whitrow and Eileen Akins as a long-separated couple reunited by chance, both with the same bench, with its glorious view of the London skyline, as their destination. Since 50 years have passed since lighter days when they were 17, both initially fail to recognize each other but soon gasp in wonderment. Both married and loved their partners, but always wondered what became of each other. Together, they scale the rolling hill off in the distance, something they've both longed for but never attempted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this movie!
Published 23 days ago by Dana Whorl
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of fine talents.
This was so disappointing, with clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly poor humour.
I'm shocked that actors of that calibre would ever have associated themselves with such a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eileen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy shines.
fun to watch this. Worth buying for the Tom Hardy scene.
Published 2 months ago by Gina Rose St John
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Spend a Day in the Park
Quite funny, but it's more like "Talks of a Sexual Nature." Cast is top notch, especially Mark Strong, Gina McKee, and Catherine Tate.
Published 6 months ago by Deborah Craft-Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy title
and totally misleading. Episodic relationship between couples was the theme and while just surface blink into them, the cast was great and some of the episodes hilarious.
Published 14 months ago by J. Inanchy
5.0 out of 5 stars relationships
The video was very entertaining but also has a message about knowing what we care about in life and honestly going for it despite what we have been brought up to believe.
Published 17 months ago by Barney Chanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehhh.....
To tell you the truth, I was not a big fan of this movie. It was really slow and I ended up fast forwarding through most of it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jackjeanh
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute little stories
Cute movie all taking place in a park one afternoon. Special features were very interesting. Yeah for Tom Hardy's role.
Published 21 months ago by Cathy Longhurst
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
Ordered this because I knew Tom Hardy was in it, big fan. Cute flick, well worth the price I paid for it as it was under $5 I believe.
Published on September 10, 2012 by S.H.E.
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen This Style Done Better
Certain scenes are good, and certain scenes could have been cut out. I would probably watch this movie again because there are some interesting lines (here and there). Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by LJ
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