In a similar vein, Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier obsesses on female sexuality—both ecstatic and masochistic—in his two-part marathon Nymphomania , which stars, among others, Shia LaBeouf and Charlotte Gainsbourg. They were never confirmed, and Winger, to the contrary, often complained about the animosity on set between her and her costar and director, Taylor Hackford. And indeed, rumors circulated about actual sex happening during filming. Roeg denied it, but in recent interviews, Christie—though she could be joshing—acknowledged that the rumors were true. And when the sex gets graphic, Von Trier resorts to body doubles and prosthetic penises. The addition of real sex can shatter the illusion a movie is trying to create: it can force you to think about the actors as actors, and not the characters they are playing. Lars von Trier's European art film about a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her erotic experiences is so steamy that it initially received an NC from the Motion Picture Association of America. Viewers watching the hit romance An Officer and a Gentleman back in might have felt there was a certain authenticity to the lovemaking between Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Sometimes real sex can actually make storytelling more sensuous and tactile. The ineffably romantic lesbian drama, Blue Is the Warmest Color , amps up the emotional intensity of its three-hour length by shooting entire scenes in close-up, including the sex. The male lead, Karl Glusman, performs a few scenes visibly hard and even ejaculates, and the scenes he shares with two very beautiful women have genuine heat. Catherine Breillat, a French director with an intellectual bent, had an eye for Rocco Siffredi, an amply endowed Italian adult-film actor. There's certainly no shortage of sex scenes in this indie romance film. The addition of real sex can shatter the illusion a movie is trying to create: it can force you to think about the actors as actors, and not the characters they are playing. Two recent gay and lesbian films from France add real sex to heighten the drama, and the effect is tantalizing.