“He decided to start with a close-up of my genitals”: the controversial film with unsimulated sex that five years later starred in a viral challenge on TikTok

It may not be the director’s most provocative film, but it seems unlikely that close-up ejaculation and 3D will be seen in a movie theater again.

There are not once or twice that the Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé has shocked the public with his usually unconventional films and, although probably Sees it not be the most WTF of all, the reality is that it seems unlikely that a close-up and 3D ejaculation will be seen in a movie theater again.

Knowing this, it won’t surprise you to learn that when Sees it premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festivalbefore its arrival in commercial movie theaters, not only did it not go unnoticed, but it everyone was talking about her for months. Starring newcomers Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman and Klara Kristin, the hardly forgettable film was an erotic drama in which its protagonist, Murphy, relives his past after receiving a call from his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Electra, who seems have disappeared Time has passed since his relationship and Murphy now lives with his wife and his son, but his memories will never cease to be part of those two years that he spent with Electra in Paris and that were marked by passion and excesses: drugs and sex of all kinds.

The film was the subject of great attention before its release, especially due to the controversy that took place in France in relation to the age rating. After having obtained a rating of “not recommended for children under 16”, the indignation and scandal that it had caused among the most conservative sectors caused it to be increased to +18, not without complaints from the director himself, although without reaching the X rating.

When talking about movies characterized by their high voltage and 100% realistic sex scenes Sees it It is one of those that are always put on the table. And that was what, looking back 8 years ago, drew the most attention to the feature film in its day. The huge number of sex scenes, yes, but especially the detail of knowing that, at least, many of them had not been simulated.

Some sex scenes are simulated and some are not.

They were not rumors: Gaspar Noe himself acknowledged it on several occasions, as well as his intention never to reveal which were and which were not: “Some sex scenes in the movie are simulated and some are not,” the director explained. to canadian magazine see in 2015. “I think the experience of sex should be represented in its full power, instead of being caricatured as is too often done.” Despite the controversy, the scandal that surrounded the film due to criticism of certain factors, did not prevent it from bringing more than 50,000 onlookers to French cinemas after its commented presentation at the midnight session of the Cannes Film Festival.

The sexual relations that are part of the film include penetrations, masturbations, fellatio and the famous 3D ejaculation that, curiously, was the first scene that Gaspar Noé asked the young and inexperienced actor who starred to play. However, for the filmmaker, as he explained to AlloCiné It is not the only point of the film: “Today there are things that can be done or not done, the main thing is that you tell a story, that everything sounds believable.”

From the scandal in 2015, to the viral challenge of TikTok

Regarding the famous ejaculation scene, Noé explained to Voir that he was always governed by the limits of his actors to carry out the scenes in the film, which he confessed were not choreographed either: “I composed with the limits of the actors. To Karl Glusman (Murphy), the depiction of ejaculation was done naturally; actresses experience this differently and I respected their limits.” “This is perhaps the truest and most honest movie I’ve made to date on the subject of love,” he said.

Curiously, five years after Sees itthe movie came back to life an unexpected fame on TikTok, since she became the protagonist of one of the famous challenges of the social network coinciding with the debut of the film in the Netflix catalog from some countries. The challenge consisted of seeing the first scene, with the protagonist’s masturbation in the foreground until he ejaculated and recording his reaction, a challenge to which many users of the social network signed up, transcended borders outside the United States and left quite funny moments. .

Regarding the box office and general reception, the film received mostly negative reviews and a worldwide box office gross of less than $900,000, less than half of what it had cost.