Sex and the Celts | Chicago Reader

Sex and the Celts

Jimmy Duggan's DV documentary (2004) offers an engaging overview of the various religious and sociopolitical forces that have helped shape Irish sexual mores. Mindful that talking heads can turn any project into a dull academic exercise, Duggan incorporates archival footage as well as a liberal number of dramatic reenactments. The latter are a mixed bag: depictions of pre-Christian sexual rituals are both erotic and informative, but segments set in the 18th century suggest outtakes from Masterpiece Theatre. This engrossing primer turns dark in the second half as Duggan surveys the repression of the Catholic and Protestant churches, particularly with regard to abuse of women and children. 104 min.


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