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  • Summary: The Loss of Sexual Innocence is the story of Nic, told through the crucial, sometimes humorous and often heart-breaking episodes of his life. We catch glimpses of what makes Nic the man that he is, tracing incidents that happen to him as a five year old boy, as a twelve year old adolescent,The Loss of Sexual Innocence is the story of Nic, told through the crucial, sometimes humorous and often heart-breaking episodes of his life. We catch glimpses of what makes Nic the man that he is, tracing incidents that happen to him as a five year old boy, as a twelve year old adolescent, as a 16 year old teenager, and as a fully grown man.
    Cross-cut with the tale of Nic is the classic parable of Adam and Eve, which serves as an allegory to the events of Nic's life and, the two tales intertwined, ultimately serves as a powerful summation of the loss of innocence of not just Nic, but of the humanity of our species. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. 88
    Not all of it works, but you play along, because it's rare to find a film this ambitious.
  2. It's visually stunning, especially in scenes of the African countryside, and takes more risks than most independent films.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Much of it is risible, yet I loved watching it -not because I thought that the emperor was wearing new clothes but because I thought he looked fine - beautiful, actually - naked. Figgis' camera is probing and alive, so that even when his meanings are laughable, his images remain allusive and mysterious.
  4. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is not bad, as in the sense of inept; it's artful enough to show how truly trite it is.
  5. 40
    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a failure to be sure, but if it's not exactly a brave one, it's one whose foolhardiness deserves at least half a salute.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    There's no getting around the fact that it's an uneven exercise that shows signs of having gestated too long. [04 Jun 1999]
  7. 10
    The film isn't short on ideas, it's just that those ideas are dumbfoundingly pretentious and trite.

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