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From the director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes SHORTBUS, an exploration into the lives of several characters living in present-day New York as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex. Male and female, straight and gay, the characters find one another and eventually find themselves when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called "Shortbus," a mad world of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality. One of the true sensations of this years Cannes Film Festival, presents sex and sexuality as never before seen in mainstream entertainment, and promises to be one of the most talked-about films for months and years to come.
In his aim to make an honest film about sex, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) has taken a somewhat documentary approach to Shortbus, a film describing various New Yorkers' sexual pathos. Framed by shots roving a homemade diorama of the city, Shortbus is comprised of vignettes featuring actors who helped craft this story of people's disconnect in sexual endeavors. Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James (Paul Dawson), a gay couple experiencing a lull in their relationship, visit Sophia (Sook-Yin Lee), a sex therapist whose inability to orgasm results in her clients inviting her to a sex club after which the film is titled. Sophia's husband, Rob (Raphael Barker), is also willing to experiment, so the two independently embark on adventures in self-pleasure. Dominatrix Severin (Lindsay Beamish) plays a crucial role in Sophia and Rob's lives, as her search for real humanity overlaps with their desire for passion. As each character's plot complicates, the viewer sees a similar melancholy bulldozing its way into these seemingly disparate lives. The depression is repeatedly used in comedic scenes, such as when James is asked on a date while still hospitalized for his attempted suicide. Yo La Tengo's score, which includes Animal Collective among others, lends this film a graceful ambience. Unlike porn, Shortbus has a resonance that encourages the viewer to consider one's own sex life as an important aspect of happiness. --Trinie Dalton
Shortbus is the sex-positive movie I'd always hoped would be made. The sex is explicit but not gratuitive. Read morePublished 16 days ago by euraquilo
One of a kind, remarkably explicit but not at all pornographic in my opinion. Sort of a gay soap opera but this is beer and not froth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Ezerman
I had purchased this movie thanks to a recommendation from a friend. In terms of service, Amazon did well (as usual) at making sure I received it quick and without damage to my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bryan G
Great NR movie (It would never sell if it were rated X). Great plot and character development that you just don't get with any run-of-the-mill porn flick. Very funny.Published 2 months ago by Kerntucky Mother Hen
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|Shortbus R-Rated vs. Unrated Versions||
Buy the unrated. There is no point if you dont.
Mar 23, 2007 by C. Marcacci | See all 7 posts
|Unrated R1 vs. R2||
The "unrated" version is a marketing gimmick that re-sellers are now taking advantage of.
It's the same exact film... for $70 more.
May 6, 2014 by Nutzu le prêteur sur gages | See all 2 posts