Coming Soon

The Most Memorable Sex Scenes in Film

Coming Soon

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"Suddenly, sex seemed a little less mysterious to me ..."

Some will point out that the furniture-toppling first encounter between Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) and sudden skating partner Tereza (Juliette Binoche) is this movie's most beautifully erotic scene for its joyful unbridling of Tereza's pent-up desire. But when I saw this film in college, I was struck most by the intimate sparring between Tomas and Sabina (Lena Olin) near the film's opening. Sabina tells Tomas that his philandering ways are the opposite of kitsch. "In the kingdom of kitsch, you would be a monster," she tells him. Whereupon he flips her over so her head hangs off the bed, places her great-grandfather's bowler atop his head while enjoining her, and scoots a chair from in front of the dressing mirror so she can see. "What am I now? A monster." I didn't know sex could have jokes and giggling in the middle. I always believed that once the music started to play, you got up on that stage and performed your piece, concentrating not to forget the moves. Suddenly, sex seemed a little less mysterious to me, a shy youngster who believed that being attracted to a woman and being comfortable with her were pretty much mutually exclusive.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Kevin Fullerton
Naked City
Naked City
No Extra Credit

April 13, 2001

Union's Due
Union's Due
David Van Os Is a High-Profile, Hard-Charging Labor Lawyer -- but His Own Employees Say He Stuck It to Their Union

April 6, 2001

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle