A film by Elsbeth Fraanje
2022, 55 minutes
No. 381

In your innermost being, what are you looking for when you crave intimacy?

Evelien, spastic from birth, and with only disappointing sexual experiences in her past, is taking the first steps on her quest for intimacy. After a lifetime of mostly clinical forms of touch, she sets out to claim sexual pleasure as part of her own experience. During this personal journey, Evelien discovers new parts of her body and self, as she gradually opens to the needs and desires she has been suppressing all her life, having been told sexual touch shouldn’t matter due to her disability. 

Evelien’s burgeoning curiosity and fervour clash with deep-rooted self-esteem issues and societal shaming. Still, she confronts her body, her own biases, and considers meeting with an intimate care sex worker. “Is it true that sex makes you more complete?” Evelien’s journey illuminates the necessity of intimate contact for every human being and how complex sexual power can be to claim if sex is not part of the conversation

Winner, Audience Award Mid Length Documentary, Hot Docs
Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival
Official Selection, Guelph Film Festival
Official Selection, Netherlands Film Festival

"Sexual Healing has layers of meaning [with] stylistic choices [...] which enhances the emotional connection. An inspiring, universal portrait of self-discovery, despite doubts and vulnerabilities, with starring roles for sex toys and a professional sex carer."- Business Doc Europe

"A disturbing honesty. This film is possibly the biggest eye opener of the year." -Le petit septième