However, with the help of intimacy coordinator and movement director Ita O'Brien - who has a background in dance - Clermont-Tonnerre says they used "choreography" to "say something about the emotional growth" of each scene and avoid anything "gratuitous or redundant".
The filmmaker also says the book was well ahead of its time.
"DH Lawrence was the first writer to address female sexual pleasure. And I think this is always important to glorify the body of a woman and what he really wanted to say was that sexuality is pure and beautiful and nothing shameful and dirty," she said.
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