How To Have Sex
Cannes Festival Winner, Prix Un Certain Regard
14A, sexual violence, strong language.
Dir: Molly Manning Walker.
UK/Greece, 2023, 91 min.
Anna Antoniades, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Lara Peake.
“How to Have Sex starts out as a freewheeling party movie about three English girls on holiday in Crete, but it takes a gutting turn when a fun encounter with a cute guy becomes something much darker. The blurry lines of consent, and the way that ‘good guys’ manipulate them, is the subject of How to Have Sex. But it avoids simple didacticism with Walker’s kinetic direction and appealing performances, particularly from lead Mia McKenna-Bruce, whose pain is easily shared. How to Have Sex is all too authentic and believable.” —Alissa Wilkinson, Vox.
“Smart and provocative, this Brits-abroad drama offers a sensitive take on sex and consent… It’s an absorbing watch that’s given added authenticity by the shifting tone: this doesn’t just go dark and stay there. Like the girls’ moods, or a real holiday, it ebbs and flows between fun and serious, uplifting and troubling, exciting and mundane. Cinematographer-turned-director Molly Manning Walker captures what it’s like to be a teenager with sensitivity and compassion, refusing to judge characters or fall into cliché. She mines her giddy teens for laughs, but also with affection and an eye for detail… How to Have Sex is a wild and fun ride, whose sober moments are as important as they are uncomfortable. Through thick and thin, you’ll want to join the girls on this trip to remember.” —Anna Smith, Time Out