Set against the concrete backstreets of New York City, two teenagers working in a hot dog truck share their first sexual encounter by sensually passing a raw egg yolk back and forth between their mouths. As they claw at each other’s bodies in increasing intimacy the yolk eventually bursts into a cascade of erotic pleasure.
In Exchange innovative German director and writer Francisco Sendino presents this contemporary remake of an iconic erotic scene from Tampopo, a 1980s Japanese “noodle western” directed by Juzo Itami.
“I have always been fascinated by Itami’s blunt weirdness,” says Sendino. “This scene in the original Japanese film is a moment of intense sexuality, so I wanted to give it a personal touch. The egg yolk’s fragility represents the insecurity of these two teenagers and their first sexual experience. It symbolizes the source of life, fertility, and fragility.”