Shortbus (2006)

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Sex is the blank canvas of a filmmaker. A wide range of statements can easily be impressed on a physical act, allowing sex to serve as the perfect conduit for violence, desperation, and, in Shortbus' case, emotion of a softer kind.

The film follows Sofia, a sex therapist who has never experienced an orgasm (if a sadder irony exists, we've never encountered it). In hopes of securing the pleasure that eludes her, Sofia and her boyfriend begin attending weekly sex parties in Brooklyn, where the elusive big O is vigorously pursued.

The final scene occurs during a citywide blackout where, amidst flickering candles and a live band's circus-like soundtrack, the room's many inhabitants erupt into a huge orgy. A helpful stranger (who happens to be a woman) helps Sofia finally get her climax on, which makes the whole event feel like a giant celebration, one with dozens of weird, naked people.