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8 Movies like Q Desire: Sexy French Movies

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Hannah Nwoko itcherIf you’re into erotic movies from a French perspective, then you’ll enjoy some of these movies like ‘Q Desire’, ‘A Nos Amours’, ‘The Dreamers’, and ‘Water Lilies’.
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Controversially Graphic

Who doesn’t enjoy a few raunchy sexual scenes on screen? We’d all be lying if we said we didn’t!

‘Q Desire’ comes from French filmmaker Laurent Bouhnik and he uses France’s economic climate as a backdrop for the lives of a group of teenagers in this film.

The film follows the mysterious Cecile as she tries to deal with the death of her father. She enters the lives of the teenagers by looking for their support but it’s only through random sexual encounters with strangers that she finds true comfort.

She unleashes the group’s deepest sexual desires and urges while trying to cope with her own inner issues. The film is considered controversially graphic and is full of sensuousness, so if you’re an erotica fan, you’ll enjoy this movie.

There are great and believable performances coupled with impressive cinematography and an interesting plot.

The rest of the movies like ‘Q Desire’ in this list contain erotica and drama, so if you’re into this sort of movie, read on!


Movies Similar to ‘Q Desire’…

‘A Nos Amours’ (Maurice Pialat, 1983)

“I’m only happy when I’m with a guy…”

Translated as ‘To Our Loves’, this French film revolves around a fifteen-year-old girl who has casual sex to escape her dysfunctional family and her deteriorating home life.

Her casual encounter with an American drives away her boyfriend and she subsequently starts bouncing from guy to guy, seeking happiness without love.

Promiscuity is her refuge from a family that doesn’t understand her at all. It’s her way of coping with things while having fun.

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Similarity Match: 90%
The lead characters in this movie and in ‘Q Desire’ both use sexual encounters with strangers as a means of coping with their own personal issues.

‘Anatomy of Hell’ (Catherine Breillat, 2004)

“A woman like you can chase the vision to concentrate only at my body for how long…”

This French movie is a sexual thriller mixed with a look at how men deal with female sexuality.

It follows a suicidal woman as she hires a homosexual man to observe her naked body during her most intimate moments for four days in her isolated home.

By the end of the four days, they’ve grown close and have had a profound impact on one another. The movie tries to say a lot about the attraction between sexes through interesting dialogue, good acting, and lovely cinematography.

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Similarity Match: 80%
The lead character in this movie has deep personal issues, similar to the lead in ‘Q Desires’. However, ‘Anatomy of Hell’ is more to do with an intimate one-on-one encounter instead of sexual encounters with several people.

‘The Dreamers’ (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)

“Yes, I’m drunk. And you’re beautiful…”

This movie tells the story of an American student in Paris who meets a brother and sister with a mutual love of cinema. When the siblings’ parents are away, they invite Matthew over and become entangled in an erotic conflict.

They drag him into an orgy of indulgence, exploring their sexual freedom, and they all end up losing the last of their innocence.

It’s set against the background of the ’68 Paris student riots and is an interesting take on youth creating a dream world to explore new ideals.

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Similarity Match: 70%
‘Q Desire’ has undertones of economic instability in France and unsettled groups of people, similar to ‘The Dreamers’, which features student riots.

‘Water Lilies’ (Céline Sciamma, 2007)

“You’ve had breasts since primary school…”

This coming-of-age drama captures the uncertainty of teenage sexuality and teen culture while exploring female friendship, love and manipulation.

It’s closely observed and provocative as we follow three fifteen-year-old girls living in a modern Paris suburb, discovering the dynamics of their relationships.

‘Water Lilies’ takes an intimate look into the world of synchronised swimming and shows quite a few rendezvous scenes in the locker room.

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Similarity Match: 70%
‘Water Lilies’ is more of a coming of age drama than a drama about a broken individual struggling to cope with their issues.

‘Last Tango in Paris’ (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)

“Beauty of mine, sit before me. Let me peruse you and remember you… always like this…”

Marlon Brando features in ‘Last Tango in Paris’ as a widower trying to recover from his wife’s sudden suicide. He finds solace in a beautiful but equally distraught French woman.

This artsy French classic film is a great emotional experience but also contains a lot of raunchy sex scenes. Sex is almost the primary form of exchange between the two main characters and it helps them find what they both need.

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Similarity Match: 55%
‘Last Tango in Paris’ has a more emotive narrative than ‘Q Desire’ it’s more about seeking comfort in another person and a mutual understanding of personal issues.

‘Nathalie’ (Anne Fontaine, 2003)

“Can I ask you a question? Are you shaved?”

A desperate wife hires a prostitute to seduce her husband after she suspects him of cheating. Her aim is to get the prostitute to report back to her and find out if her husband takes the bait.

The movie is full of sensuous moments and we watch as the women’s relationship evolves from business to personal. It touches on issues of jealousy, mistrust and betrayal.

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Similarity Match: 50%
This movie is more about adult life, betrayal and mistrust whereas ‘Q Desire’ is a teenage sexual drama.

‘The Last Mistress’ (Catherine Breillat, 2007)

“He loves her, he marries another…”

This beautifully filmed erotic French period drama was a nominee at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

It’s set in the 1800s and follows the story of a feisty mistress who doesn’t want to let her man go for a wealthier and more marriageable woman after a decade-long relationship.

This provocative romance causes drama throughout the whole film, creating tension and a sense of excitement and suspense. There are some pretty graphic sex scenes coupled with great historic detail, which makes this movie very interesting.

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‘The Last Mistress’ is set in a completely different era to ‘Q Desire’. While one is about affairs and relationships, the other is about explorations of sexual desires.


If You Like ‘Q Desire’, You Will Like…

While most of the erotic movies in this list of films like ‘Q Desire’ are completely fictional, the next recommendation blends real life and fictional storytelling to examine feelings between women and sexual pleasure.

‘Exterminating Angels’ (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2006)

“Enjoying my secret little pleasures…”

Partially based on a true story, this semiautobiographical film is based on things that happened to Director Jean-Claude Brisseau – he was arrested for harassment, fined, and then given a suspended prison sentence because he made three women perform sexual acts in front of him during auditions.

That’s what the film is based on – a film project about female eroticism. Brisseau meets three aspiring actresses who struggle to perform sexually in front of him due to their own personal issues.

It’s an explicit and shocking film but has often been described as silly because of its humourous, ludicrous, and surreal narrative.

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While this film mixes fiction and reality, ‘Q Desire’ is completely fictional and although they both contain explicit sex scenes, the narratives are very different from one another.


French Romance and Seduction

The movies similar to ‘Q Desire’ in this article will definitely get your heart racing and your blood pumping. They’re exciting and sometimes romantic – perfect for an evening in alone or a night with your partner!

If you have anymore movie suggestions, feel free to comment below and let us know!

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