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Now & Later (2011)

Shari Solanis , James Wortham , Philippe Diaz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shari Solanis, James Wortham, Marcellina Walker, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Adrian Quinones
  • Directors: Philippe Diaz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XKNGNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In American cinema smart and sexual don t live in the same neighborhood, never mind star in the same movie. But after watching Philippe Diaz s provocative, gorgeously photographed new drama, Now & Later, I can say that I've witnessed a new kind of American movie heroine, one who is as comfortable with her political beliefs as she is with her body. The erotic beauty of Shari Solanis takes free, uninhibited sexuality to a new level and the result is one of the most passionate pieces of cinema I ve ever seen, and I mean that in all senses of the word passionate. Now & Later takes you to a place you ve probably never been before as a moviegoer, and its effect will linger. This movie performs the Houdiniesque feat of seducing you with images of carmel-colored feminine curves in full-throttle f*ck-me-harder sex, and then gets you to think about American imperialism and exploitation in almost the same gasp. Diaz has invented a new genre because Now & Later may truly be the only movie of its kind in existence. It was brave filmmaking by a director who isn t afraid of blazing his own trail. Years ago Zalman King ventured into this territory but he fell far short of what Diaz has done: his cinema is unabashedly sexual and cerebral at the same time, which is really quite a stunning accomplishment. I know it will stay with me for a long time, which to me is always the mark of great art. Like the old joke about reading Playboy for the articles, this is a flick you can bring home to your wife because of its generous portion of thought-provoking subject matter while you enjoy a free serving of kink on the side. And if you happen to be trying to bed some lovely, left-leaning co-ed sooner rather than later, you will not find a more ideal date movie than Now & Later. *Note, text altered to meet Amazon posting standards --Tim Rhys, MovieMaker Magazine

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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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153 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heroic, Warm and Beautiful Film. August 7, 2011
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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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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, is she beautiful November 11, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Politically Aware Sexual Woman February 27, 2013
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Angela (Shari Solanis) is an illegal immigrant living in East L.A. who shelters a former banker, Bill (James Wortham) who is running from the law and a prison term due to insider trading. Angela is a free spirited woman liberated from sexual inhibitions. During the short time that they live together Angela introduces Bill to a taste of sexual freedom and also the reality of socio-economic policies of American government, not what they show through the media to convince mass ignorant and naive of their real intensions. There are some tasty graphic sex scenes in this movie thanks to Ms. Solanis that plays her her role convincigly. I am afraid that I cannot say the same for James Wortham. He does not look or act as a banker. I would recommend this DVD to people interestesd in sex and politics.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars make love not war January 28, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars above thenorm
a modern tale a modern theme cross the line and its best to seek shelter so he does she is a bomb as she has freedom in sex to a t this pulls no punches it drives home the fact... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the political left lean
This is a very thoughtful movie and obviously not American. It covers hard topics for Americans to hear about and does not have the prudish or gender biased sexuality that many... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christina Hein
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with everything negative already said; don't waste your time...
This movie is, as our fellow reviewer Bill has put it, "amateur hour." It is boring, not really as erotically exciting as Tim Rhys' hyperbolic review would make it out to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo Gusto
5.0 out of 5 stars reality of life
it could be seen as a porno movie with a plot, but in reality,
the actress& actor tell the the stories of life,
one is a bank investor & the other a female illegal... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sefriendlyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Another sexually explicit film, but I actually liked the dialogue when they weren't engaged in unsimulated sex. It's a definite date movie.
Published 7 months ago by Earl Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars I Really Wanted To Rate Now & Later Higher And
I wish all of the actors, actresses, and those involved with the making of Now & Later happiness, fulfillment, and success in life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars glad i purchas this movie.
this movie really make you think about other country,and about how other people feel when they are being used,the actress and actor were really good.
Published 10 months ago by Darlene I.
2.0 out of 5 stars Video does not run properly
Although I like the story, the quality of the DVD is poor. It periodically "sticks" , running in place, during operation.. Read more
Published 10 months ago by joyce W. Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
this is a liberal movie about breaking values and tradition, it just comes off as desparate and cheesy, as is bill the main character, but who knows this is how the world dates... Read more
Published 12 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great movie
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It really brings home the point that we need to really live for the moment. It is a very educational and open movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael Douglas Neely
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