O Amor Natural

Heddy Honigmann

 The Netherlands 1996, 76min

This book inspired Heddy Honigmann to make a documentary. Appearing in the film are men and women who all over 60 – some even over 80. For a reserved North European it is very surprising to hear these old people reading the erotic poems of the great poet loud and clear. I almost blushed, and would absolutely never have asked my grandparents to read lines like “my penis basks in the oscillating devotion of your mouth.” But that is what Heddy Honigmann asks of some apparently casual Brazilian old people. And she doesn’t stop there, also asking them very indiscreet questions about their sex lives.

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