Jul 3, 2014
The Victorian Lusts of "Angels and Insects"
Are you sure? The scene is in a rather disturbing movie.
Ok, then. Let's begin.
Adamson becomes infatuated with the "stunning" Eugenia, who just lost her husband to suicide. She returns the interest, and they have energetic sex, and finally marry.
By the way, the sex involves Eugenia completely nude, frontal and all, but only Adamson's torso, although you can see that he is aroused, standing at attention beneath the bedclothes.
That part is impressive, but otherwise Mark Rylance is scrawny, with no muscles at all. He was only 35 years old in 1995, but he seems much older.
They have five children, whom Adamson doesn't care for.
Eventually he discovers the reason: they aren't his (see, you can only have an emotional bond with children who are your biological progeny. Bad luck for gay adoption!).
Everyone else on the estate knows, and has been trying to inform Adamson in cleverly veiled ways. But he only discovers by breaking into the bedroom while they're having sex (Henshall was fully aroused by accident, but director Philip Haas decided to keep the scene instead of reshooting).
Adamson decides that he has had enough of human society. He leaves his wife and kids and returns to the Amazon, accompanied by the governess Matty, who was in love with him all along.
Need a shower yet?
The movie, by the way, is Angels and Insects (1995). The original story was written by A.S. Byatt, who also wrote the homophobic Possession (1990), about closeted lesbians in Victorian England. No homophobia here, just the vagaries of heterosexual lust.