Shortbus; sex here I come (or not?)
Yesterday I saw the movie Shortbus on TV. If the director, John Cameron Mitchell, wants to show us sex in the context of our 21st century “sexual freedom” and all its price tags, then I can say that he does an excellent job. Two thumbs up!
The sex scenes are explicit, but not pornographic. Young urban people in Manhattan indulge in a lot of sex, desperately looking for contact with others. What?!? They got naked all the time, sweating and dripping bodily fluids and still feel lonely?
While one of the leading actress, Sofia (Sook Yin Lee) – a sexual therapist – craves so much for orgasm. She does have a lot of sex with her husband though. Difficult poses that makes you think this couple must have done yoga their whole lives.
What kind of female orgasm by the way, the one that you see in porno movies? Err… are you sure the porno stars do not fake it? It’s their profession after all.
Since Sofia herself says to one of her clients, “Well, if you don’t have orgasm, then fake it! Because you can buy time with it.” You can’t complain about Sofia’s motives though, she wants to have orgasm to save her marriage.
“Sexual freedom” post-Freudian-Victorian era, and yet you can’t help but notice, it still can not liberate people from sadness, loneliness, depression and suicides. One gay guy is planning a suicide. But don’t worry, nobody dies in the movie.
It’s an erotic movie that amuses and moves you instead of arousing you. Watch and judge for yourself.