10 Raunchy 2013 Movies About Sexual Obsessions

9. Only God Forgives (Oedipus)

only god forgives movie_edited-12 Nicolas Winding Refn's frustrating dramatic thriller is absolutely awash in Oedipal and Freudian tones from start to finish. For instance, when Julian (Ryan Gosling) takes his girlfriend Mai to dinner with his mother Crystal (Kristen Scott Thomas), all she can talk about is how his dead brother's penis was so much larger than his own (not that his was small, apparently). This makes for one of the film's most uncomfortable - and also most hilarious - scenes, and is really just a precursor of what's to come. Firstly, there's the fact that we discover that Julian murdered his own father, and at the end of the movie, when Crystal has been murdered by Chang, Julian tears the allegory wide open...literally. Julian picks up a samurai sword and cuts Crystal's chest cavity open, placing both of his hands inside her womb for a few moments before retracting them. You can interpret it a number of ways, though to me it seems to be a desire to return to the womb, or as some have suggested, to impregnate his mother. Whatever the reasoning, it's freaking messed up.
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