NC-17 | | Drama
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Sex scenes between James Ballard and his secretary were filmed but cut because director David Cronenberg felt the actors' chemistry was too good, contravening the nature of all the other relationships in the film.
It's too clean.
Tattooist: Medical tattoos are supposed to be clean.
Vaughan: But this is not a medical tattoo. It's a prophetic tattoo. Prophecy is ragged and dirty... so make it ragged and dirty.
After Vaughan repeatedly crashes the left front bumper of his Lincoln into a junker James Ballard is sitting in, causing major damage to the bumper and the lights, Vaughan is soon shown driving on the highway with no damage to the bumper and both left lights operational.
Just after Vaughan's "attack" to Catherine's car, witnessed by Ballard in another car, there's the most explicit scene in the movie. A long sex scene between Ballard and Catherine lying on their sides, with frontal nudity of her. During the sequence, there's a long and quite explicit dialogue, mostly of her asking things about Vaughan - his body, his car -, and questioning Ballard if he desires to have sex with him. The scene has about 3 and a half minutes and was completely cut.
ITL 1,372,969,000 (Italy) (15 November 1996)
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