Fiercely independent, Ronah works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most – to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new client, blurring the thin line between professional and personal intimacy in the modern world.
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3 1/2. The acting is really strong, loved the pacing of the movie, and the look of the film. It's a challenging movie because the subject matter is very intriguing but it's quite dark. Not inexplicably dark because although the lead character is smart she's also perhaps quite naive which explains certain situations. It's a tough watch at times because that's the point of the movie, no easy answers.
The difficulty, if not the impossibility, of providing tariffed or therapeutic sexual services, without the beneficiary catching fire. === De la difficulté,voire de l'impossibilité de fournir des prestations sexuelles tarifées ou thérapeutiques sans que le bénéficiaire de celles-ci ne s'enflamme.
Emotional labor. The simulation of empathy. Alone together. Isolation and atomization. Anomie and depression. You know the drill. An unofficial adaptation of Arlie Russell Hochschild's The Managed Heart.
Worth seeing for Brooke Bloom's complex, prickly lead performance. She communicates the unresolvable ambiguities of a sex surrogate's life. I wish the filmmaker hadn't left the story quite so open-ended, though I understand there's no neat and tidy way to tie up the loose ends of such a story.
Through a very intense ethnographical approach, a masters student in Behavioral Psychology seems to study and help people facing our present cold and detached society. Noticeable camera and lightning work outputted some nice visual aspects of intimacy, a quite noble effort for its theme. Acting work is crucial for its purposes, leaving the leading actress a great opportunity which, glad to say, she took it very well.