Because it created empathy, not sympathy, it was unsettling in a way I rarely feel during films. I keep thinking of It Felt like Love, Exit Elena, and Rachel Lang’s films. Something about the direction and scripts of these films, where we can’t presume to know the main characters, only her context and what she is up against. And in this case, symbolism so subtle and integrated it feels wrong to even bring it up.
"Sex, of course, is considered by many to be a deeply emotional act, so there’s a natural irony in the idea of approaching such a Dionysian act from an icy Apollonian remove," or so writes Slant's Kenji Fujishima in his review. Marquardt's effort is commendable, but the ending makes the whole feel unfinished, which is too bad because it's a thought-provoking film. I like its look and the editing. Good lead actors.
This is another one of those that...interesting concept that is so under developed you just want to reach through the lens and grab the director by the throat. Bloom's character is so compelling you want to know more, but never do. I suppose that may be intentional. Her patients never really know her and I doubt she even knows herself all that well. You leave wanting more but not necessarily in a good way.
The story line kind of started off a bit slow at first, but it seemed to come together more-so mid-way. The film was aptly titled because it showed how this one woman's central job was helping everyone else deal with their issues, but she never helped or payed attention to her own. So, by the end of the movie, everything started to crumble, from her personal life to her job. Never really getting a grip to improve.
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.
This film is indeed a brain twister, the title of the film does go hand and hand and correlate with the film. This film rejects the modern day typical graduate student problems and adds a twist that you would never think of. This film is indeed a burning drama that lacks warmth and aims to show a radical distance style that enhances expressions and emotions, i did enjoy this film and would recommend it to everyone
(2.5 stars) Long and drawn out and never really builds any momentum. Story of a sexual surrogate that seems really gross and predictable. It seems to be trying to be "gritty" and "meaningful" but it's so forced and manipulative that it never gains any traction whatsoever. The story is somber and slow and ultimately unfulfilling.
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.
I felt Zack Galler's cinematography was the most striking aspect of this film, perfectly capturing a sombre and isolating world. Some astute direction and a great central performance also serve to make this an interesting watch. Yet the film wrestles with some big, topical themes and never quite manages to become truly incisive or engrossing.
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.