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‘Desire’ Netflix Controversy: Director Diego Kaplan Defends His Film Against Accusations of Child Pornography

The filmmaker told IndieWire that the scene, which a conservative news site reported to the FBI, was filmed “under the careful surveillance of the girls’ mothers.”

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Netflix is facing backlash from users online over the Argentinian film “ Desire ,” which opens with a scene involving a young girl accidentally having her first orgasm. The scene is being accused on social media  of featuring child pornography, but director Diego Kaplan told IndieWire that’s not the case. The filmmaker said the child actor was never exploited on set and the scene was filmed “under the surveillance” of her mother.

The scene starts with two young girls watching a television program featuring a cowboy riding a horse. One of the girls imitates the cowboy by sitting on her pillow and bouncing up and down. Kaplan uses slow motion, dramatic music, the sound of heavy breathing, and close-ups of the child’s face to show the character unknowingly masturbating. The girl falls off her pillow and her mother runs in to take her to the hospital.

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Netflix was criticized in a post by Megan Fox for the conservative news site  PJ Media . Fox said that she reported the scene to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “Netflix is in violation of distributing child pornography because the child in question is very clearly engaging in the sexual act of masturbation,” Fox wrote, “and this exceeds the minimum requirement of merely being suggestive.”

Kaplan responded to the backlash with the following statement to IndieWire:

“Despair” is a film. When we see a shark eating a woman on film, no one thinks the woman really died or that the shark was real. We work in a world of fiction; and, for me, before being a director comes being a father.

Of course this scene was filmed using a trick, which was that the girls were copying a cowboy scene from a film by John Ford. The girls never understood what they were doing, they were just copying what they were seeing on the screen. No adult interacted with the girls, other than the child acting coach. Everything was done under the careful surveillance of the girls’ mothers. Because I knew this scene might cause some controversy at some point, there is “Making Of” footage of the filming of the entire scene.

Everything works inside the spectators’ heads, and how you think this scene was filmed will depend on your level of depravity.

“Despair” was released last year in Argentina under its original title, “Desearas: Al Hombre De Tu Hermana.” Netflix first made the film available in December 2017.

Beyond PJ Media, Netflix and the film have received backlash on social media (see embedded tweets below). Netflix has not responded to IndieWire’s requests for comment.

@netflix You need to remove the film Desire from your service IMMEDIATELY. You are MAKING AVAILABLE CHILD PORN by leaving this film up. I am DISGUSTED and will be canceling my service if this is not fixed ASAP. What is wrong with you?!

— Nicole (@NMChampagne) June 27, 2018

@netflix If you don’t remove the child pornography film #Desire from your site, I will be dropping my subscription. This is illegal and you should be ashamed. cc: @DLoesch @ChrisLoesch @jason_howerton @BillyHallowell @mkhammer @RealJamesWoods @LawrenceBJones3

— Dena Berry (@D_R_Berry) June 28, 2018

@netflix I’m curious to know if you guys watch the films you put on your site before you approve them. Because if you guys watched the first 2 min of #desire you wouldn’t of put it on your site. Please remove now it’s disgusting.

— Michael Fritsch (@fritsch34) June 28, 2018

@netflix why does your platform continually promote pedophilia? The Desire movie & months ago with that disgusting cartoon. Canceling sub, and will be getting family too as well  Netflix supports pedophiles & pedophila. #teamHulu

—  (@dontcalllmejess) June 28, 2018

Watch the first few minutes of the movie Desire from Netflix
promotion of pedophilia absolutely disgusting!! Parents should be arrested for this scene alone!!

— TamiAnn (@TamiAnn02) June 27, 2018

@netflix @FBI @TheJusticeDept Netflix WHY ARE YOU OFFERING KIDDIE PORN??? #Desire @FBI @TheJusticeDept PLEASE investigate

— Vicious St. Bernard (@chrisbo62) June 28, 2018

Additional reporting by Eric Kohn.

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Guillermo del Toro accused of stealing plot for his Golden-Globe winning movie ‘The Shape of Water’

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, winner of the award for Best Director (Motion Picture) for The Shape of Water, poses in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Guillermo del Toro is being accused of stealing the plot for his Golden-Globe winning movie, The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water  was the most-nominated movie at the 2018 Golden Globes, earning seven nods. Del Toro won Best Director of a Motion Picture and the film also won Best Original Score.

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In recent weeks, many Reddit members began to point out similarities between Del Toro’s The Shape of Water and a 2015 student film,  The Space Between Us . 

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Some Reddit users created side-by-side comparisons of scenes from the trailer of The Shape of Water and scenes from the student film from the Netherlands titled,  The Space Between Us .

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Both plots include a women who cleans a research centre and they both feature a fish or merman character and a possible love story between the cleaner and the creature.

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The Space Between Us takes place in a post-nuclear future where the air has been polluted so much that it is impossible to breathe in it and survive.

The film stars a humble cleaner named Juliette who has her loyalties tested when she falls for Adam, a captive merman whose gills are mankind’s last hope for survival. (Watch the trailer below.)

The Shape of Water takes place in the 1950s at a top secret research facility. A lonely janitor named Elisa forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (Watch the trailer below.)

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One of the students who created The Space Between Us took to Facebook in July to point out the similarities between both films.

“So today Del Toro released the trailer for his newest film The Shape of Water. Seems that his film has a lot of similarities with our graduation film The Space Between Us. Not only the story but also visually it seems to be inspired by our short from 2015,” Didier Konings wrote.

He also posted the trailers for both films and told his followers to compare the clips.

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Del Toro recently spoke about his inspiration to create The Shape of Water, a story of a lonely janitor in a secret research facility who falls in love with an amphibious creature.

“The idea is to create a story about love. Not a love story, but a story about love,” Del Toro said .

“I wanted to make a movie that was sort of healing for what I fear is our times right now, which is times of division by ideology that is incredibly harmful,” the award-winning director noted.

“In 1962 people started accepting the causes of tolerance, empathy … We are again in a moment in history in which, I think, we need to talk about these things,” Del Toro said.

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He continued: “If there’s an epidemic of hatred I think that we can try to create an epidemic of love and understanding. So it’s a very healing fairy tale for very difficult times.”

Del Toro also spoke about creating the right creature for the film. Cinematographer Dan Laustsen said they were inspired by DP Caleb Deschanel’s work on The Natural, which backlit Robert Redford from behind, creating a halo effect

“We wanted to shoot him like a hero. Everything was backlight or sidelight, not frontlight,” Laustsen said .

“We wanted to make this the best creature ever made for Guillermo, so we did whatever it took,” said Shane Mahan, co-founder of Legacy Effects.

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Del Toro has not commented on the  plagiarism allegations but people on Twitter took notice of the similarities.

@filmjunk @dirrrtyfrank whoa soo GDellT stole The Shape of Water from a student film???? https://t.co/UjYALNIpZ1

— jellypie (@JealousSpy) January 18, 2018

‘The Shape of Water’ is very similar to this 2015 student short film from the Netherlands ‘The Space Between Us’. Both main characters are cleaning ladies who work in a research facility. They both fall for a fish man. Even the production design and some of the story beats a… pic.twitter.com/MqsaeRdvtK

— CinemaTrailerclub (@CinemaTrailercl) January 18, 2018

This will probably become a big story. The parallels between this Dutch Student Film from 2015 and The Shape of Water are pretty compelling. Also this Cameronian Fishman is better somehow https://t.co/gC8fjTUtrf

— Ryan (@junglesoundz) January 18, 2018

Fans of The Shape of Water. Did you know it was already made as a student film back in 2015? It’s a 12 minute short that I’d reccommend checking out https://t.co/mjlGNAomEC

— Jarrod Bruner (@jarrodbruner) January 18, 2018

There’s a whole sea underneath this surfaced discussion, but still, we really need to see this short film called The space between us and The shape of water. What is indeed worrying is the similarities on Production Design, even similar shots. https://t.co/6GExGyvBRo

— Adrian Camargo (@inventordenada) January 18, 2018

so sad that Best Director Oscar is going to Guillermo Del Toro. The Shape of Water plagiarized the shot "The Space between us" (2015) so obviously and shamelessly. intellectual property right are not important anymore? pic.twitter.com/JWbe2uu0Bu

— Sy (@kaniskab) January 11, 2018

The Shape of Water? 🤔
No! Is a short film called "The Space Between Us"
No polemic, just enjoy it 😉… https://t.co/2QBLvvKjKK

— Omar Catalino (@OmarCatalino) January 6, 2018

I really wanna go see “The space between us” Opps I mean “The shape of water” 🙃

— rediscoverthewill (@RTWTL) December 24, 2017

@Chris_Stuckmann does this seem oddly close to the shape of the water…but it was done before that movie came out 🤷🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/QeO8FHI8En

— GoodGuy (@mrgoodguy_) January 16, 2018

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