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The story: Stage actors Mariah and Daniel play lovers every night, but their onstage romance lacks spark. One slow afternoon, they discover that today's matinee performance will make or break both their careers.  Daniel wants to make big changes, and Mariah starts to wonder: are Daniel's suggestions reasonable? Or has he lost track of the boundary between actor and character? Rushed to the stage, in front of a live audience, they must figure it out together.

Matinee is a sexually explicit drama intended to bridge the gap between art film and sex film. The film, shot on location in Amsterdam, showcases Steven McAlistair (Scotland) and Alicia Whitsover (England) in their first explicit sex roles ever. Matinee takes a fresh look at what erotic film can be. It features an original musical score and careful attention to capturing the real-life sounds of sex. Real, intense and emotional, Matinee is truly erotic film for people who like film.

Matinee has screened all over the world and won the Best Film prize at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival as well as at the CineKink/NYC film festival. The film also won Honorable Mention at Toronto's annual Feminist Porn Awards.


Fifty extra minutes of unique DVD extras, including:
-- A 25-minute making-of documentary, originally aired on Dutch television, covering the auditioning/filming process and including interviews with cast and crew
-- Audience question-and-answer session at Matinee Amsterdam world premiere, with star Alicia Whitsover and director Jennifer Lyon Bell
-- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Note: Though it was shot in Holland, this film is English-spoken and is Region 0, meaning it is region-free and will thus play in every country. All DVD extras are either in English, or are subtitled in English.


Intelligent, sensual, and downright sexy... It s an intriguing story that hooks the viewer quickly, creating an unusual yet believable set up for the sex scene. The premise is helped enormously by the incredible presence and acting skills of both stars....A gorgeous film to watch. The lighting is superb, creating an atmosphere of lush sensuality and warm flesh...And on top of all that, it's hot! The sex is lusty, realistic and meaningful. The orgasms are real and the two actors really do have a good time together. ...What more can you ask?

Rides the line between erotica and old fashioned entertainment. …I thoroughly enjoyed Matinée…The bees knees when it comes to quality erotica. It spans the line between porn and erotica with grace and dignity. --Jamye Waxman, sex educator

Revolutionary erotica...What Ms. Bell is doing is a New Wave of cinema that intersects between explicit sex and independent film, and she's taken the whole idea of women's erotica might be, or what might appeal to women, and has brought a kind of poetry into it that is very rare and utterly exhilarating. --Susie Bright, In Bed With Susie Bright

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alicia Whitsover, Steven McAlistair
  • Directors: Jennifer Lyon Bell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Artichoke Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By L. Griswold on April 24, 2011
"Matinee" is only a half hour long, and though I wouldn't call it a porn film because it's NOT one, it's still worth mentioning that it packs the emotional range of fifteen porn films into that short amount of time, in a breathtakingly fresh way. I'm hooked. This one is going on the shelf in the living room for repeated viewings.

"Matinee" shows us an afternoon in the life of a struggling play in a small theater. The lead actress, who's just taken over for another, more famous woman, and the lead actor, a popular Scottish soap opera star making his stage debut, are worried about their onstage chemistry. They can't get the sexy bits right. He suggests they try some new blocking since the director's gone that afternoon anyway. She resists. The tension, as she waits to start the big scene, is powerful.

You know from the moment their eyes meet onstage that she's planning to have sex with him. But what you can't have figured out, until you watch it, is how different it will be from the sex you expect these two people to have. In the world of adult entertainment, every sex scene is pre-planned and performed by professionals who go in knowing exactly what to do. So when most of us feel a sex scene coming on, we expect it to look that way. But Jennifer Lyon Bell did not cast porn performers, she cast ACTORS. Actors who had never had explicit sex on camera before.

The scene between them is fraught, difficult, and heart-breakingly tense, yet also beautiful and revelatory. While the audience looks on, uncertain about what to make of the events unfolding, the two actors approach each other with no idea what is about to happen: as clothing is dropped and pleasure is approached, they go through the hesitant, jerky motions of first-time lovers.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anne G. Sabo on November 15, 2012
Presented as "a fresh look at what erotic film can be ... [an] erotic film for people who like film," Matinée is about Mariah and Daniel, two theater actors who perform the parts of lovers: Lola and Tony in the play Two Days in Berlin. Despite a sense of personal chemistry between the two, we learn that reviews of the play have critiqued their performance for lacking spark. In response, the two take improvisation to a highly charged new erotic level. Matinée shows us how.

Filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell has explained to Dutch television that for Matinée she wanted a story to develop the main characters and the intensely emotional sex the two have on stage. But not necessarily a romantic story. She didn't want her film to fall into the clichés about women wanting roses, champagne, and romance. She wanted to create feminist porn where the female character is also in control -- and where the male character doesn't drop his underwear right away...

And truly; Matinée is a unique viewing experience. Jennifer focuses on natural beauty and chemistry between the two characters, with close-ups that capture the warmth and textures of skin and curves, filming the sex in near real time accompanied solely by the sensual sounds of sex. As bookends the film features an effective original music score, but more noticeable during the sex scene is the resounding stillness of the theater through which the real sounds of each touch truly add to the atmosphere of the film--as if the viewer can feel the tingle of this kind of sexuality. The narrative framework of it taking place in the theater in front of an audience is well integrated and adds to the overall texture of the picture, so that the filling of the theater space with these sounds helps to enliven the senses.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hector Saenz on December 28, 2012
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This is a movie about two actors who have been having problems with the handling of a love scene in a theater production. The reviews by critics have indicated that their love scene did not show much emotion. At any rate both actors meet and discuss the need to get into the real personalities of the characters they are representing in the story. They both express their hesitancy to go much further, but agree to try. The result is an explicit love scene that shows them going further into the characters than had been done before. After the matinee showing they get together and discuss how the audience has received their performance. The reviews from the critics are now very positive. I believe that love scenes showed be done in this manner. I highly recommend this movie for its honest portrayal of a love scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Duggan on April 2, 2013
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I've heard of going the extra mile to make a play better, but these two young stars went all the way. I'm sure the audience was as surprised as I when they watched the real thing being enjoyed in front of a live audience. The acting was excellent, the staging was simple, and the direction was sensitive and appropriate. I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Labman on May 28, 2013
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I watched Matinee due to my curiosity about watching everyday people having sex. I was pleasantly surprised at the good quality of the film and appreciated the actors efforts and hard work. It was obvious that I was not alone enjoying it, Very hot!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobu5678 on February 24, 2013
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This story had sexuality, but lacked supporting material. The premise of the video, is that there are 2 reasonably quailfied actors, but in reviews they are lacking chenistry between them. They discuss this briefly, then they go onstage.

Because there is no development of what the stage production is about, all you see is a sexual scene, which while artistic lacks supporting development, of how it interacts with the rest of the state production. In addition, to this show within a show, there is only sparse development of the character backstage, prior to the show. After the sexual scene there is very limited development after the scene as well.

In short you are left with 1 artistic sex scene, and no supporting story.
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