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Reviews/Movies: Independent/Shortbus

John Cameron Mitchell
2 reviews
Sunday July 29, 2007 - 12:36 PM


I hate riding the short bus

Wednesday October 18, 2006 - 2:05 AM


From the man who gave you Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes a film about sexual discovery and exploration. It will be in limited release in major cities sometime in the second half of October 2006.

"Set in modern-day New York City, a heterogeneous group of straights, gays and transgenders find common ground at Shortbus, an underground salon where people are free to explore their most carnal sexual desires with random hookups and nightlong orgies sometimes even finding bits of wisdom along the way." - IMDB user pullmydaisy

This film stars Sook Yin Lee as a sex therpist who's never had an orgasm, though her performance was good, I've never been a fan of hers and this was the biggest preconception I had to overcome to enjoy this film - and believe me it's not easy when there's full frontal carnal sex acts being performed.

The story is about more than just sex though, it looks at an ensemble of characters, the challenges and shortcomings in their lives, and how their friendship and support for each other helps them in discovery and healing. The director stated as he introduced the film at the Toronto Film Festival that "this film is about compassion"

What's also interesting is that each character in the movie was developed with the help of the actor who portrayed them, John Cameron Mitchell gave them a basic premise of the character and the actors used personal experiences and their own creativity to build from there. Knowing that, I found Shortbus to be a magnificent exploration with a lot of heart. You walk out of the theatre not only slightly turned on, but also with a warm fuzzy feeling inside you.