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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
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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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