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Lesbian sex at the movies: Black Swan, Mulholland Drive, more - NSFW

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a three-hour French film about two women who fall in love, is leaping from the art house to the mainstream as it arrives in UK cinemas this weekend.

A Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner back in May, Abdellatif Kechiche's drama immediately hit the headlines thanks to its graphic (and prolonged) depictions of lesbian sex and the subsequent rows that erupted between the director and star Léa Seydoux.

Step outside of the controversy, however, and what's left is a love story that's both tender and utterly heart-shattering. Blue also features a stunning breakthrough performance from Adèle Exarchopoulos and is well worth seeking out if you want a change from big budget Hollywood fare.

With Blue Is the Warmest Colour back in the headlines, Digital Spy takes a look at five other big screen offerings that caused a similar stir...

The Hunger (1983)
Tony Scott shot his first movie like a hyper-stylised music video, and though it might not be his best work, this tale of hedonistic vampires features bucket loads of striking imagery. Alongside a rare David Bowie big screen appearance, the film is notable for a love scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. The latter offers up her own commentary on the scene in the video below...



Bound (1996)
Before they shot to fame with The Matrix, the Wachowskis directed this crime thriller about two women who hatch a plan to steal $2 million from the mafia. Jennifer Tilly evades the clutches of her mafioso boyfriend (played in typically sleazy fashion by Joe Pantoliano) and begins an affair with Gina Gershon in the film, which even employed a 'sex educator' to help put together the love scenes.



Wild Things (1998)
This late '90s erotic thriller is by no means a screen classic, but it's stayed in the pop cultural consciousness thanks to a swimming pool love scene between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, then a later threesome that throws Matt Dillon into the mix. The film spawned several sequels, with the most recent fourth instalment cunningly titled Wild Things: Foursome.



Mulholland Drive (2001)
David Lynch's brain-twisting psychological thriller was originally designed as a TV pilot, but after getting rejected by execs he refashioned it as a feature and cinematic history was made. Naomi Watts was a jobbing actress before she played Betty Elms, afterwards she became one of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood. A racy love scene with Laura Harring's femme fatale Rita was just one of the many stand-out moment's in Lynch's masterpiece.



Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky leapt into the highly-competitive world of ballet with Natalie Portman for a story inspired by Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double. A tale of intense physical toil and paranoia, Aronofsky's use of doppelgängers becomes all the more intriguing in hindsight when you take into account the charged bedroom scene between Portman and Mila Kunis.



Blue Is the Warmest Colour is showing in UK cinemas now.

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