Sex and Grief in the Movies

by Laura

The topic of sex and grief was mentioned in a previous post (, but because it’s one of the most popular posts on the site, I thought it might be time to re-visit the subject. Below are some examples of how sex and grief are handled in the movies. Now these clips all involve a desire to have sex after a loss, which is not always the case in real life, of course, but you can’t really find a clip of someone NOT desiring sex after a loss, because that would be a very dull thing to film.

Okay, so let’s start with Silver Linings Playbook, in which Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany explains her recent sluttiness to her new friend, Pat, expertly played by Bradley Cooper….

Now let’s take a look at the movie High Fidelity. In this scene, recently-split couple Rob and Laura decide to physically reunite after the loss of a parent…

And, just to leave a bad taste in your mouth, here are Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton in Monster’s Ball. Berry’s Leticia is mourning the loss of her son and reaches out to Billy Bob’s Hank for some sexual healing. Powerful, icky stuff…