Tell me when it hurts: Pleasure (2021)

Pleasure, the first feature film by Swedish director Ninja Thyberg (based on an earlier short film of the same title), gets one thing very clear early on, starting with a vagina being shaved in close-up. While it may not be pornographic itself, it is in your face, and it isn’t coy about its subject matter. Neither is it prurient, or indeed judgmental of porn. Depending on what your usual viewing habits are, this may be a film that you won’t be entirely comfortable watching in an audience with a bunch of strangers. But then, Thyberg doesn’t set out to comfort her audience.

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