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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.

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Penny Woolcock

Writer:

Penny Woolcock
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Cast

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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Paul, a struggling artist starts a relationship with Juliette. The same day they meet, he makes the acquaintance of Billy and Hole whose lives are a long string of drugs, sex, and violence. He veers between life with Juliette and her son, and the debauched excesses of Billy and Hole. Written by lament

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English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Şehvetin Esasları See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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The Sky Lit Up
Written by PJ Harvey
Performed by PJ Harvey
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INTIMACY meets FIGHT CLUB
18 September 2003 | by LLB212See all my reviews

This hypersexual hyperviolent film winds up addressing serious issues perhaps in spite of it self and its writer-director Penny Woolcock who was present at the screening I saw along with female lead Sienna Guillory at the Toronto Film Festival. Paul, a would be writer, starts a primarily sexual relationship with Juliette including carefree intimacy in public which gives Paul the sense that he is living life on the edge. Also in his life is Billy, the apotheosis of the edge and a good stand in for The Prince of Darkness. Ultimately Paul must address the difference between observing life and living life and having a fantasy vs. living a fantasy. Do things have a point or are things the point in themselves? This film is strong enough to not provide answers.

For those who have asked the question, Ms. Woolcock replies that the bare-knuckle children show that Billy is always moving on to a higher level of outrageousness.


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