The result was that many festivals refused to show it on grounds of child pornography.
Tom Tykwer offers us a visually stunning window into the mid of a serial killer.
Young Ayten is a member of a Turkish communist group, forcing her to flee to Germany where she takes up with Lotte, a college professor.
Certainly shocking for its time.
A disturbingly erotic moment occurs when the Stasi force upon her a full body search.
The final set piece is a work of staggering sexual power as our anti-hero Jean-Baptiste Grenoiulle releases with one flutter of his hand the essence of pure scent from a piece of cloth.