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Dear Pillow (2007)

Rusty Kelley , Gary Chason , Bryan Poyser  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Rusty Kelley, Gary Chason, Viviane Vives
  • Directors: Bryan Poyser
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Heretic Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LT3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dear Pillow" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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"Provocative...witty and perceptive" --Los Angeles Times

"Plays in the same uncomfortable intersecting zone of adult and teen sex as the work of Larry Clark and Todd Solondz" --Variety

"A gem of a film...fascinating." --Austin American Statesman

Product Description

17 year old Wes is stuck living with his divorced father in a boring apartment complex. Eager for his first sexual encounter and starved for companionship, Wed reluctantly forms a friendship with neighbor Dusty after he discovers that the older man writes for an adult magazine called "Dear Pillow".

Dusty mentors Wes in the art of writing pornography and soon draws their lusty apartment manager into his dark lesson plan. The three form an uneasy alliance that plunges Wes into dangerously adult territory where he must choose between sexual fantasy and reality.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie Film October 25, 2007
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I saw this film a couple of times, both at SXSW and later in it's theatrical run in Austin. The relationship that the three main characters have is really interesting, and it gets quite intense towards the end of the film. Bryan and Jake really made a special movie and it's well worth seeing. Rusty Kelly really does a great job as an awkward teenager who's trying to understand his sexuality while not having the best role models.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Idealized images in masturbatory fantasies October 4, 2011
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What happens when a confused teenager starts hanging out with a veteran pornographer? Well, suffice to say that every conversation they have revolves around sex. But what is sex in the end? Is it the required intercourse to get the female partner pregnant or is it something far more complex and symbolic? Michele Foucault wrote on his The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure that there are two clearly differentiated sexual stages. The first one is, of course, sexual intercourse; but the second one applies only for humans, and that is masturbation; masturbation inspired, or spiced, by fantasy.

In the Victorian age, as Foucault so aptly explains, sex was a concern, and masturbation was deemed as an illness, an unnecessary expenditure of vital forces. But what was even more distressing is that it was fueled by fantasy, and masturbatory fantasies, of course, would not bode well against the rigid moral codes of society.

Is masturbation no longer a taboo? Wes probably wouldn't think so, as he gets fired for jerking off during work hours. The teenage boy feels absolutely ashamed when his father finds out about this incident. Now, with more free time Wes decides to accept Dusty's invitation to have a few beers.

When Wes partakes in Dusty's hobbies, he understands some of the inner works that make the pornography industry thrive. Ultimately it all boils down to one thing: fantasy. In the same way that Wes's father finds bondage an arousing practice, Wes is unable to achieve self-satisfaction without borrowing his father's adult magazines. Dusty will explain it to him better, coining the term possession; Dusty literally says in one scene "possession of the image of the ass".
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