Paul Verhoeven has an opinion and does not give in.
Director Paul Verhoeven is not afraid of controversy. The man has never withdrawn from a subject and is known for his devastating satires and steamy thrillers.
In the years since directing the smash hit Primal instinct, he has followed all sorts of stories and even published a book about Jesus. Now he’s back on the big screen Benedetta, based on the novel Immodest Deeds – The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italyinspired by a true story. The film follows Benedetta Carlini, a young nun who people suspect may have divine abilities. She starts an affair with another nun who might actually be nefarious.
This film feels like a throwback to the old erotic thrillers. Films that Hollywood just doesn’t make anymore.
When asked by Variety why studios stop making adult films, Verhoeven said diversity“There has been a general shift toward puritanism. I think there is a misconception about sexuality in the United States. Sexuality is the most basic element of nature. I am always amazed that people are shocked by sex in movies.”
That shock can help at box office, with movies like Fifty shades and Primal instinct dominate the cultural lexicon, but they are few and far between. Verhoeven was never afraid to tell these stories, especially with characters who are LGBTQ +. And that’s something that mainstream Hollywood still hasn’t fully embraced.
When it comes to the sexual relationship in. went BenedettaVerhoeven said, “I didn’t emphasize it. It’s a large percentage of the population. Homosexuality is part of life, so it should be part of our dramas. Why should I ignore that? It’s there. Some of the population is bisexual or gay or transgender, that’s the reality. I come back to it because it’s a normal part of life. ”
Benedetta will be released on July 9th in France with a US release date yet to be set.
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