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Below Her Mouth movie review: not that there’s anything wrong with that

Below Her Mouth red light

MaryAnn’s quick take…
Lesbian and not-quite-sure-if-she’s-a-lesbian have a weekend fling. Sometimes unintentionally hilarious, this is little more than soft-core porn.tweet
I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Construction worker Dallas (Erika Linder, who is famous, apparently, as an androgynous supermodel) is definitely a lesbian. Fashion editor Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is trying to be straight, or something; she’s engaged to Rile (Sebastian Pigott), which isn’t even a name but which certainly describes she does to him when she has a weekend fling with Dallas while he is off on a business trip. “Try to take some time for yourself this weekend,” her fiancé tells her over the phone, so she cheats on him. With a woman. The unintentionally hilarious scene that intercuts Dallas is doing a roofing job — with a nailgun — nearby while Jasmine fucks the water coming out of her bathtub — she is thinking about getting nailed by Dallas! — pretty much sets the tone for what is little more than lesbian soft-core porn. There’s very little in the way of characterization — “I like the rain, even though I wasn’t allowed to play in it [as a child]” is pretty much the extent of Dallas’s backstory, and no, I don’t know what that means, either — but there’s tons of steamy sex. I guess it’s nice that this Canadian film was shot with an entirely female crew — including director April Mullen and writer Stephanie Fabrizi — and I guess it’s nice that even the nudity and the sex scenes don’t feel like they’re catering to a male gaze. But there’s still not much in the way of story here, just enough of a narrative thread to string together the nudity and the sex.tweet


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red light 1.5 stars

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Below Her Mouth (2017) | directed by April Mullen
US/Can release: Apr 28 2017 (VOD same day)

MPAA: not rated

viewed on my iPad

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  • Stacy Livitsanis

    Desperately wanting more lesbian films, especially ones made by women, maybe even actual lesbians, I really tried to watch this, but it was impossible. Just awful in every way. If I see one more film where the camera never stops shaking like that…

    More reassuringly, just after abandoning Below Her Mouth, I saw the excellent 2016 film Heartland (looked for a review here, but no mention yet), directed by Maura Anderson. If anyone wants a solid, sincere drama about a queer woman, Heartland is essential. Shows the way forward for queer cinema, where gay women are people, who have real lives that aren’t based entirely on their sexuality. Honest emotions, no easy resolutions, confronts genuine issues, made me cry several times.

  • *Heartland* doesn’t seem to have had any US or UK theatrical release, but it is on Amazon (US) Video, so I’ll try to give it a watch. Thanks for the rec.

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