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(Apr 01, 2009)
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As realistic as this type of guilty pleasure can be. The filming was wonderful.Published 2 months ago by Tom Hilborn
An interesting proposition and the 'back ground' to the movie from the director's and actors points of view are better than the movie itself.Published 3 months ago by annonymous
Warming this is a short film!! I didn't realize it was about 30 long until the credits was rolling. It shows how woman view there bodies and how reluctant they can be about showing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Josh
My wife and I just finished watching "Matinee" earlier today. We were absolutely delighted, had some wonderful conversations (which led to other wonderful things ) about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles Roth