Sunday, July 29, 2007

August 2006 - Film Review – Shortbus

© August 2006 - Shortbus Film Review By Bryen Dunn, Toronto -

Found: One overly sexed up flick for (semi) mainstream audiences. This makes Sex in the City, Red Shoe Diaries and Queer as Folk look like After-School Specials. Some scenes give new meaning to the words “cum on”.

The Title: The name of a salon where the characters meet to give readings and performances, and sometimes to have public sex. It is modeled on real-life salons in Downtown Manhattan.

The Plot Line: A group of off-beat New Yorkers merges together via their sexual oddities and escapades.

The Director: John Cameron Mitchell – creator of that other infamous cult underground sexually charged flick – Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Players: Sex Therapist: Sook Yin Lee, Dominatrix: Lindsay Beamish, Gay Man: Paul Dawson, The Boyfriend: PJ Deboy

The Music: Yo La Tengo, Gentleman Reg, Hidden CamerasThe Quote: “It's just like the sixties, only with less hope. See anything you like?”

The Funding: Partially by oddball musician Moby but avoided by most major corporations:
The Success: Cannes 2006 and now TIFF

The Canadian Content: HighThe Why See It: A mad nexus of art, music, politics and sex

The Party: Sunday Sept 10, Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, 10PM, $25

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