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The Principles of Lust (2003)

Crippled by his writer's block, Paul enters into a new, exciting relationship with risk-taking Billy and super-sexy Juliette. As it becomes increasingly tangled, however, he must choose one of them over the other.

Director:

Penny Woolcock

Writer:

Penny Woolcock
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Newman ... Paul
Sienna Guillory ... Juliette
Marc Warren ... Billy / Hole's husband
Lara Clifton Lara Clifton ... Hole / Billy's wife
Alexander Popplewell Alexander Popplewell ... Harry
Julian Barratt ... Phillip / Juliette's ex-husband
Gwyn Hollis Gwyn Hollis ... Jude (as Gwyne Hollis)
Tommy Yates Tommy Yates ... Bezzer
Colin Nutton Colin Nutton ... Ray (as Skint Eastwood)
Kelli Hollis Kelli Hollis ... Lizzie
Nisha Nayar ... Olivia
Dylan Fielding Dylan Fielding ... Charlie
Mackenzie Crook ... Dan
Ricky Roberts Ricky Roberts ... Jordon
Luke Smedley Luke Smedley ... Robbie
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Crippled by his writer's block, Paul enters into a new, exciting relationship with risk-taking Billy and super-sexy Juliette. As it becomes increasingly tangled, however, he must choose one of them over the other.

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The Sky Lit Up
Written by PJ Harvey
Performed by PJ Harvey
Courtesy of Island Records
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Brave and jaunty
9 March 2011 | by andyflavouredSee all my reviews

Granted the Principles of Lust is patchy, but it's nothing like as bad as you would conclude from other user reviews. It pushes at the boundaries, challenges the viewer with explicit images you would never expect to see even in an 18-cert movie, but does also say a lot about relationships in the process. Paul and Juliette's instant attraction and failure to communicate effectively echoed much of the love-hate nature of real life relationships in my experience, right down to the closing shots where love and bitterness combine while Juliette's son looks on, uncertain. Secondly, Paul's uncertainty about himself and his status as a writer speaks volumes - and thereby he represents the vast majority of us. Ultimately, do we know what we really want? Maybe we are all drawn to the dark side but are afraid to admit it, even to ourselves?

So from my perspective, bravo to Penny Woolcock for making this film, which inevitably will polarise its audience - but remember its nod to Fight Club, and the fact that it is adapted from a novel by Tim Cooke. It's hard to imagine a feistier adaptation than this.


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