ByDavid Opie, writer at Creators.co
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David Opie

Remember when people were shocked to see some full-frontal robot peen during the first season of HBO's Westworld? Well, prepare to have your minds (and maybe even something else) blown by the sheer amount of hardcore sex on display in director Shu Lea Cheang's latest f**kfest, Fluidø.

Attendees of the film festival are no strangers to unusual fare, but that didn't stop a number of patrons from leaving a screening of Fluidø earlier this week. Were these walkouts due to the graphic nature of the sex involved, or the story line itself?

Check out the official Fluidø trailer below for a tantalising taste of what's to come:

What's 'Fluidø' About?

Fluidø  [Credit: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion / J.Jackie Baier]
Fluidø [Credit: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion / J.Jackie Baier]

Fluidø is rather experimental in its approach to narrative, but the story is one that holds surprising political relevance, elevating Cheang's work above its more scandalous moments.

Set in the year 2060, Fluidø explores a world where AIDS has been cured. However, in some rare cases, the virus has mutated into a gene that can turns the bodily fluids of those affected into a highly addictive drug. While robotic police strive to scan every member of the general public, struggling to identify those who carry the gene, pharmaceutical companies harvest the semen of affected young men in order to dominate the market.

Elements of sci-fi, conspiracy thrillers and even musicals intertwine in an almost overwhelming orgy of color and desire that's unlike anything else you've ever seen.

Why Is 'Fluidø' Controversial?

Fluidø  [Credit: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion / J.Jackie Baier]
Fluidø [Credit: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion / J.Jackie Baier]

With characters like The Sexcologist, The Porno Terrorist and Dat Queen on hand to "liberate the fluid", Fluidø was never going to be your standard arthouse film. Yet even by those standards, Cheang's return to cinema is provocative to say the least.

Blurring the borders between sexuality and gender, Fluidø is a non-stop assault on the senses that doesn't relent once throughout its 80 minute running time. Here are just a few of the ways that Fluidø courts controversy:

  • Characters urinate on the faces of robotic police.
  • Drug addicts suck the last drops of semen out of used condoms.
  • There are many close-up cum shots taken of men masturbating into factory receptacles.
  • A moustached woman dances for clients and masturbates vigorously on a small stage.
  • Two men perform every sexual act imaginable on a bed of lettuce leaves.
  • A robotic woman rubs semen into her face to kickstart a narcotic high.

It's difficult to describe the full sensory experience of watching Fluidø while surrounded by strangers in a cinema, but perhaps it's worth asking those who walked out before the film ended. While most of the audience stayed until the credits rolled, at least a dozen people couldn't finish — a problem that no one seemed to have in the film itself.

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Whether people walked out of this particular late night screening because they were tired or whether they had grown weary of seeing yet another nail-embedded dildo is hard to say, but either way, Fluidø is a cinematic experience you'll never forget. The only question that remains is: Will Fluidø be cumming to a screen near you?

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