Sadomasochism – a big word for a complex human trait that explains a higher level of sadistic pleasure. It became the talking point with the release of Fifty Shades Darker, the second part of E. L. James’ trilogy in February this year. For those who swear not to ever get enough of the unfathomable yet stimulating sensual overdrive that Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan share on screen, here are 10 other movies that would give your senses more meat for fantasy.
10 Movies That Awaken The Sadist in You
A movie that showed a mental illness patient employed as a secretary to a sadistic businessman Mr. Grey became a worldwide favourite within months of its release. Margaret Ruth Gyllenhaal became an overnight sensation for her portrayal of a self-harming masochist submitting herself to her boss. Watch it to witness a fudgy feisty love story that has stuff fantasies are made up of.
Duke of Burgundy (2014)
What can be more bizarre than an experimental relationship between two women who decide to explore each other’s psyches and freedom with one being the dominating sadist and the other being a submissive object of desire? With silhouettes of pain and desire stripped across an otherwise playful and joyous relationship, this Italian movie is a lustrous portrayal of feminine desires that transcends societal conjectures. Watch it if you have a penchant for lesbian fantasies.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Romanticism in films got to a whole new level of racy love triangles with a masochistic siren as the focal point for two lustful men. Keira Knightly plays the kinky love interest for two psychoanalysis experts played by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen, which makes this BDSM flick a psyche-busting thriller. FYI, this film was inspired by true events and also formed the base for psychoanalysis theories in 1940s Europe.
Venus In Fur (2013)
Inspired by a novel and theatrical play of the same name, this film stars Emmanuelle Seigner as an auditioning actress who casts a spell on an established director and courts him for as long as her energies keep her alive. Apart from its exciting BDSM content, the film became a mascot for feminism in France showcasing women power to the hilt. Roman Polanski, the director of the movie became an established name in Hollywood with the commercial success of this movie.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
An outrageous story of mystical passion tinted with masochistic tendencies of the protagonist, The Piano Teacher is a tragedy that’s far from real. Erika Kohut’s repulses on one side and homicidal tendencies on the other side make her one of the most complex masochistic characters you could ever find in Austrian and Polish cinema. Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Magimel, for their perfected depictions of unceremoniously complicated characters, received Best Actor awards at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
The Submission of Emma Marx (2013)
A fascinating BDSM flick which entails the scariest S&M positions, the movie talks about Sadomasochism from a girl’s perspective and makes it an entertaining watch. Although, its premise will make you curse E. L. James for having no originality in his top-selling trilogy in the first place. The only reason not to watch it would be for its lack of subtlety as against the later inspired version by James.
The Pet (2006)
From almost disheartening to near devilish laughter, this movie walks through a spectrum of sadistic and submissive emotions. An erotic premise slowly culminating into a psychological thriller, “The Pet” depicts the dark sides of societies in a manner so grim that you would be wondering whether the society we live in can be called civilized or not.
Walk All Over Me (2007)
This is a goofy, wacky, mostly laughable adult comedy movie with a woman of indiscrete S&M fetishes quietly using her own girlfriend to unfurl her dominatrix desires. The funny undertone blends with the clever screwball-ish storyline and Lee Lee Sobieski triumphs as an innocent miss goody two shoes by day and a dominating siren by night. Catch it on a DVD player and be ready for a discreetly enthralling experience.
After Fall, Winter (2011)
This one is a slightly romantic tale involving a soul-bleeding writer and his crackling chemistry with a young French nurse. There’s sadness, remorse, regret and deep-lined passion all strewn into a shrewd battle, which makes for a scintillating visual treat. Watch it if you are curious about dominatrix feline women taking charge of the bedroom.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Starring Gretchen Mol as an aspiring model in 1950s New York City, this is an almost realistic story of one of America’s greatest fantasy icons – Bettie Page. The movie also received nominations for the Academy Awards for its honest depiction of the model’s life and scandalous past of the modelling industry. The reasons why this movie cast a spell on audiences are not merely Gretchen Mol’s prowess but the noir cinematography as well as glorious designs of speciality costumes used for capturing ‘bondage photography’ in the United States.