In the vein of groundbreaking films like Short bus, Irreversible and 9 Songs, comes Sex Stories, a humanistic and lighthearted exploration of the many pleasures, quirks, and follies that inhabit peoples' sex lives. Two simultaneous dinner parties unfold - one for a group of female friends, the other for their male counterparts. At each dinner table, the conversations quickly delve into the characters' recent sexual escapades: there's the adventurous couple who tries swinging, the middle-aged woman who notices a spark of interest from her daughter's boyfriend, and the young newlywed who thinks sex simply isn't for her. With comic subtlety, the film captures the many contrasting views - men's and women's, young and old, conservative and liberal - about what it means to be a good lover. Director Ovidie is known as an intello du X (intellectual of the X) in her home country of France, and for good reason. Each character in Sex Stories and each member of the audience for that matter, is guaranteed to learn something new. Just be warned: you may be craving a cigarette by the time the credits roll.