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Don't Look Down

3.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Tantalizing and sexy, cult director Eliseo Subiela's latest film explores the tantric possibilities of sexual imaginations and awakenings. This thoughtful film delves into mysticism and spirituality. When 19-year-old Eloy sleepwalks and crashes through the roof of a beautiful woman, Elvira, he discovers the tantric and therapeutic powers of the Kama Sutra of which she is an expert.

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  • Actors: Hugo Arana, Monica Galan, Antonella Costa, Leandro Stivelman, Octavio Borro
  • Directors: Eliseo Subiela
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NY43KA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Look Down" on IMDb

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This is a tender love story between a young 19 year old inexperienced boy Eloy and a wise 28 year old woman Elvira. Eloy's father has died and he begins sleepwalking. His brother sets traps for him so that he will wake up and stop sleepwalking. Instead Eloy walks the roofs off buildings and eventually falls into Elvira's bed through her open skylight. From there the whole sexual awakening and teaching happens. Eventually they fall deeply in love and the story ends happily ever after.

In a way, this sounds like a wonderful, sweet movie that most would enjoy. Sadly, it's pretty far from what happens in the film. The viewer is treated to some pretty awful film techniques, needless slow motion, bad editing, over use of tracking shots, and just plain poor story telling.

To read the marketing description a person would think this is a treatise on the Kama Sutra and Tantric. It is so not that at all. Yes there are very very intimate scenes, these two lovers are very handsome without their clothes on. But an exploration of these two techniques? What we are treated to is a count down by Elvira. How many times can Eloy thrust before his nirvana? We see this scene played over and over again with Eloy becoming obsessed with that count - he has to reach 81! The pay off is him being mentally transported to a new city whenever he's reached between 80 and 100. This is no joke, that's exactly what is said in the film.

The film is supposed to have some mystic level. Eloy communicates with his dead father. He rides his bike through a cemetary every day and the dead line up doing hand motions to him, which, well, vaguely resemble the motion of self pleasuring. The Grandmother is some mystic able to see auras arounnd people. And Eloy and Elvira seem to have some mystic ESP connection.
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This is a delicate film. It starts with the young male protagonist and subtly shifts to the female. She proceeds to educate him in the tantric and therefore, the spiritual side of love making. The erotic scenes are just that but from an entirely gentle perspective. There is an undertone concerning his relationship to his dead father. While, from one argument, appearance is a superficial concern, films are first and foremost, a visual experience. She is stunning. He is a suitable counterpart. The movie was a real pleasure to watch.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years
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When I watch a movie of this genre I am looking for bare breasts and as expicit sex as I can get. The main actress in this film is beautiful. And she has excitingly beautiful breasts. They are rather small but I prefer them small. The film is ubiquitous with her nude scenes, much to my delight. The film is punctuated with sensual nearly explicit sex scenes. If you have to have explicit, go rent a copy of Caligula or the Brown Bunny. Any of you reading this know of any other explicit films of this genre, please enlighten me. The film has an odd storyline but is not boring and even interesting at times. Oh yes there is a leading guy in this. He walks around on stilts, thus the title don't look down. For you guys with other proclivities, he shows his dork several times. The movie is enjoyable, well acted and most importantly, has lots of nudity.
If you are ever thinking of buying a film of this sort, see if Amazon offers a trailer. It might give you some idea if you'll like it. If you are still not sure, you might be able to rent the film for a couple of bucks and watch it right on your computer screen. Enjoy
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There are things to like about this movie. The basic plot idea perfectly OK- and the actors are good. But in fact this movie is more than a bit of a mess. a lot of unneeded material was added in some sort of efort to make the story seem deeper in a sort of mystical sense- when in fact the added matter really just gets in the way.
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What I know about the film maker Eliseo Subiela is summed up, no, exhausted by the titles of two films, this one under review, and an earlier one, known in English as Man Facing Southeast. About that earlier film I have only superlatives. It stunned me the first time I saw it. It was so wonderful that I watched it a second time the next morning before returning it to the video rental. Presently, however, that film is only available in a Spanish-only release, in other words, no subtitles. I was heartened then to see this later film - with subtitles - available through Amazon. Don't Look Down is not on the same high level of imagination and execution as Man Facing Southeast. but I hasten to add, What other film is? That film was a blessed creation, and it confers grace upon those who and participate in it. It has the same sweetness and beauty and triumph that characterizes Elephant Man in David Lynch's collected films.
However, that said, I still rate Don't Look Down very highly. It is a Coming of Age story. The central character, an adolescent boy, is facing a double crisis in his life, which is the nexus of Death and Sex. His father has suddenly died which throws him into confusion, but happily he meets an older woman who initiates him into the pleasure and responsibility of sexual union. Note that second word - responsibility. This is not about casual sex, pleasure for pleasure's sake. It is about the role of sexual knowledge in
the growth of an individual to maturity, about its role in the development of his personality. The situation is clearly Freudian: there is a death wish and a life instinct. Which one will prevail? I am not giving away plot details in telling you it is the life instinct, literally embodied in sexual union, which triumphs.
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