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Sex, politics and American culture are mixed into a combustible combination in Now & Later. Angela (Shari Solanis) is an illegal Latina immigrant living in Los Angeles who stumbles across Bill (James Wortham), a disgraced banker on the run. She takes him in. Through passionate sex, soul searching conversations ranging from politics to philosophy, and other worldly pleasures, Angela introduces Bill to another worldview. As their affair heats up, the course of Bill's life begins to take an abrupt and unexpected turn. The film was conceived by the director in reaction to American s penchant for violence in our culture and our puritanical censoring of anything involving sex. Familiar with philosopher Wilhelm Reich s notion that a sexually repressed society turns into a violent one, Diaz makes an unabashedly sexual yet cerebral film that challenges the perception that sex in media is harmful.

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  • Actors: Shari Solanis, James Wortham, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Adrian Quinones, Marcellina Walker
  • Directors: Philippe Diaz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SN3UPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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160 of 174 people found the following review helpful By David S. Jenkins on August 7, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There have been a few films in the past decade presented outside of the adult film industry that included graphic sexuality, almost all from Europe... though to my mind this is the first to show such honest and warmly sensual sexuality. If you've actually made genuine, heartfelt love to someone, you're not likely to be offended by anything you see or hear. Just the opposite.

But aside from the nudity and surprisingly graphic nature of what goes on, there's so much more here. There's a political message that needs to be told, and it's delivered with a calm and easy hand.

The heroine (Now) is a creature of intelligence, genuine love and simple, unquestioning compassion the likes of which one seldom finds in film, or for that matter in life. The leads in this small cast effort let loose and express real emotion in a way that almost convinces you that they're lovers in real life, though they only met after being cast.

Writer and director Phillipe Diaz has created a small masterpiece. The scenes are long and languid, the script is conversational - this is how people actually talk to each other. Above all else it's difficult to imagine another actress bringing this story to life as exquisitely as Shari Solanis, whose performance is worthy of an Academy Award, though this will never happen.

Very, very highly recommended to those with open minds and open hearts. I can honestly say that after watching film both as entertainment and as an essential art form for over four decades, I've never seen anything quite like it. Unforgettable. Perhaps even a turning point in contemporary cinema.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Snake Eyes on November 11, 2011
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The only thing I want to add, seeing the other reviews covered it well, is that the background music is awesome too. Wish there was a soundtrack. The acting, is, exceptional, especially considering how most would be awkward 'performing' the dialogue and the sexual interactions, but they were so natural and convincing. This movie is special on many levels. The sex is real, and visually erotic. Fantastic photography or whatever they call it, filming... And the way she deals with the condom situation was fantasticly graceful.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. Stark on April 7, 2012
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The good/the bad. I actually liked the main message of the film...you need to live life in the "now". While not always possible in today's society, even though the main character seems to feel she has life all figured out, there is definitely a need for as many moments of "now" as possible. On the negative....I'm an American who is proud of my country. The film would have been interesting without the political piece, which for me took away. I can accept many opinions (spoiler alert), but when the main character is admittedly in the USA illegally and at the same time bashes the country she is using, then why not go help the people in your own country? OK, MY opinion aside, most of the sex scenes were actually appealing. If only I could be as comfortable in my skin as the main character is in this film! I applaud her. There was only one scene that made me uncomfortable for a couple minutes (another spoiler alert)....two men and one woman, with the guys focusing on each other...well, not my taste, even though it only went so far. Otherwise, the other intimacy scenes were well done. Overall, the movie was appealing and I would recommend....
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gross on January 28, 2013
Format: DVD
In principle, we have a chamber piece setting two world views up against each other. In one corner we have Bill, a disgraced banker, representing the people who think that their money and/or power will let them get away with anything - but, having been ejected from the system he supported, he is now ready to change his views and indeed his life philosophy.

In the other corner, Angela, champion of free love and social justice, the illegal immigrant offering him shelter for a few days in her gorgeously hippie-styled penthouse flat on top of a derelict hotel, where both the toilet and the shower are completely open-plan and in plain view of everything else, and where part of the neon sign of the hotel serves as lighting for the single room. That room alone is reason enough to watch the movie.

Angela embarks on the re-education of banker Bill, trying to reconvert him into a useful member of society - although it will have to be the society of a different country, as the US authorities want him locked up. With her priorities firmly on her sensual desires, she goes in for the sex first, fitting in the political education later.

To me, as someone who has essentially grown up with the Nicaragua solidarity movement, her political lecturing was a tad over-familiar, although I appreciate that the vast majority of the US audience will not know (or in fact believe, if told) that the CIA sold arms to Iran to finance the removal of a democratically elected government in Nicaragua (it's called the Iran-Contra affair, look it up). This scandal, which was exposed in November 1986, is kind of hard to reconcile with the prevailing US ideology that "we're the good guys", but I can confirm that it is true, I was alive (and young and angry) when it happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on February 1, 2015
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This film is an obscure gem and I love discovering obscure gems. If you were to ask the next 50 people you encounter if they know this movie, I'll bet that not a single one of them will answer in the affirmative. Few people know of it and it is a shame because this is hidden treasure. Ms. Solanis truly deserves an Academy Award for Best Actress, and I bet even Meryl Streep would agree. Solanis plays an illegal alien who agrees to help a white-collar fugitive. He has absconded while out on bail on allegations of unlawful market manipulation. He was supposed to surrender to do eight years in Federal prison. She is a beautiful Bohemian free-spirit. She lives on the top floor of a seemingly abandoned building in a downtown urban area (I think it was L.A.). The mood throughout the film is dark and murky, and most of the scenes are in dark locales.

They spend a lot of time on the roof of her building at night, looking down at the festering city below. He comes from wealth and privilege, she comes from Nicaragua and extreme hardship. She is radiant and gorgeous, and he is wounded and condemned. She feels compassion for him, even though he represents much of what she despises about the US. Her kindness is unbounded, and she attempts to renew in him a sense of purpose and future. Her sexual favors are just part of a series of efforts to make the fugitive feel whole again. The fugitive character is kind of repressed and vanillafied, but I think that was by design. He's the standard investment-banker-sleaze stereotype from a Connecticut McMansion, and she's an authentic and robust jewel straight from heaven. But she does not judge him harshly or condescend. She understands his path. This is a movie which is ultimately most about compassion.
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