Swedish drama Pleasure to hit cinema screens this summer

Is Pleasure the most shocking film of 2022? Swedish drama hitting UK cinemas in June follows aspiring LA porn actress via VERY steamy scenes of threesomes, BDSM and full frontal nudity and features real adult stars

  • Ninja Thyberg’s debut drama film Pleasure will hit screens in the UK this summer
  • Follows young Swedish woman who moves to Los Angeles to become a porn star
  • Film stars Sofia Kappel and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year  
  • The racy movie features scenes of full frontal nudity and extreme sexual acts 
  • While the last few years has seen various X-rated dramas streamed into our living rooms via Netflix, a racy new Swedish drama film is set to hit the big screen this summer and could be the most shocking film of the year. 

    Pleasure, which is set to be released cinemas in the UK this June, follows a young woman who moves from her small Swedish town to Los Angeles to become a porn star.

    The movie sees protagonist Bella agree to filming increasingly extreme material including anal sex and bondage in order to make a name for herself in LA‘s porn industry. 

    The erotic drama features full-blown sex scenes, threesomes and BDSM, as well as various disturbing scenes in which porn stars act out rape or are harassed and degraded by fellow actors. 

    Directed by Ninja Thyberg, Pleasure stars burgeoning actress Sofia Kappel in her debut role.

    Much of the rest of the cast is made up of real-life adult film stars and industry figures, including American pornographic talent agent Mark Spiegler. 

    Pleasure, which is set to be released cinemas in the UK this June, follows a young woman who moves from her small Swedish town to Los Angeles to become a porn star

    Pleasure, which is set to be released cinemas in the UK this June, follows a young woman who moves from her small Swedish town to Los Angeles to become a porn star

    The movie follows 20-year-old Linnéa who is working as an adult star under the stage name ‘Bella Cherry’ in Sweden and decides to move to LA to become the next big porn actress.   

    After finding a manager she begins to land bigger roles with increasingly extreme content including BDSM scenes as she attempts to build her brand as a porn star.  

    Keen to push herself further into the spotlight, Bella requests harder material from her manager – who ropes her into a film which features multiple men degrading her and depicting rape scenes.  

    Her co-stars grow tired of Bella as she struggles to film and after the film company refuse to pay her, she fires her manager and begins working independently.  








    Directed by Ninja Thyberg, pleasure stars burgeoning actress Sofia Kappel (pictured) and features nudity and full frontal sex scenes

    Directed by Ninja Thyberg, pleasure stars burgeoning actress Sofia Kappel (pictured) and features nudity and full frontal sex scenes 

    The movie sees protagonist Bella agree to filming increasingly extreme material including anal sex and bondage in order to make a name for herself in LA's porn industry

    The movie sees protagonist Bella agree to filming increasingly extreme material including anal sex and bondage in order to make a name for herself in LA’s porn industry

    In a bid to catch the attention of a well-known porn agent who only accepts actresses willing to do extreme sex scenes, Bella participates in a threesome which includes ‘double anal penetration’.   

    After boosting her following with the film Bella is hired by the agent and enlists one of her friends, Joy, to film with her in an extreme pornographic movie – 

    However Bella soon falls out with her friend after not speaking out against their male co-star, who was harassing Joy off camera.  

    Soon she partners up with, Ava, one of the biggest names in the local porn scene, who humiliates her by refusing to perform oral sex on her, alleging Bella has a yeast infection. 

    It’s decided Bella will penetrate Ava with a sex toy and the actress – but the protagonist finds herself acting violently and aggressively towards her co-star.  

    The movie follows Bella as she lands increasingly extreme content including BDSM scenes as she attempts to build her brand as a porn star

    The movie follows Bella as she lands increasingly extreme content including BDSM scenes as she attempts to build her brand as a porn star 

    Keen to push herself further into the spotlight, Bella requests harder material from her manager - who ropes her into a film which multiple men degrading her and depicting rape scenes

    Keen to push herself further into the spotlight, Bella requests harder material from her manager – who ropes her into a film which multiple men degrading her and depicting rape scenes

    After Ava begs her to stop, she quickly forgets about the whole situation and attends a party with Bella, where she runs into her old friends who no longer speak to her because of how she treated Joy. 

    The film ends with Bella abruptly leaving the car on the way home from the party, with viewers left intentionally unsure of her plans for the future. 

    Pleasure was selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival last February and is based on Thyberg’s 2013 short of the same name.  

    In an interview with Variety, Thyberg explained she had been fascinated with the subject of pornography for a long time before shooting the movie. 

    The movie follows 20-year-old Linnéa who is working as an adult star under the stage name 'Bella Cherry' in Sweden and decides to move to LA to become the next big porn actress

    The movie follows 20-year-old Linnéa who is working as an adult star under the stage name ‘Bella Cherry’ in Sweden and decides to move to LA to become the next big porn actress

    ‘I am interested in gender roles, media images and different stereotypes. It’s very easy to find them in porn’, she said. 

    ‘They are very extreme in a lot of porn. And I’m interested in how media images shape our identities.’ 

    She explained that after making the short film in 2013, she spent several years researching porn from the inside – emerging herself in the industry as much as she could without filming adult material herself. 

    ‘I didn’t do any porn myself, but I came as close to Bella as I possibly could’, she said.