The Philip Noyce-directed film suffered from studio-sanctioned rewrites after it earned an NC-17 rating and ended up largely panned by critics.
Often, the attention is drawn to issues of pleasure, companionship, and emotional and physical necessity.
Unfortunately, Hollywood's traditional reluctance in dealing with overtly sexual and erotic topics in a serious manner studios prefer to link sex with violence, exemplified by the erotic thriller, or with humor in the teen sex comedy have given this subgenre a predominantly international flavor since the mid-'60s.
A few notable examples include Last Tango in Paris, In the Realm of the Senses, Betty Blue, Henry and June, Crash, The Lover, Lovers, The Hairdresser's Husband, Breaking the Waves, The Piano, Matador, and The Pillow Book.
His jealousy is piqued when she admits to fantasizing about a stranger and he watches someone else try to pick her up at a party, leading him to his own night of illicit sexual exploration that culminates in a members-only ritualistic orgy that may or may not be linked to murder.