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Shortbus

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • John Cameron Mitchell
  • 97 mins
  • 18

Summary

A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Following Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the movie adaptation of his own stage musical about a rock star with a botched sex-change, New York-based director John Cameron Mitchell serves up a similarly perverse slice of life on the wild side in Shortbus. Linking multiple storylines, the film begins with a gay couple seeking relationship guidance from sex therapist Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee). In the course of the session, Sofia realises some tough truths about herself, principally that she has never had an orgasm. She then journeys deep into the city's hedonistic nightlife to find herself, discovering acceptance at a sex club called Shortbus. Though XXX-rated in principle - the hardcore sex is not simulated - this poignant film is less about the flesh than the mind. Mitchell succeeds in drawing hugely sympathetic portraits of the people Sofia meets; misfits and loners who long to feel as well as touch.

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Credits

Cast

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SofiaSook-Yin Lee
JamesPaul Dawson
SeverinLindsay Beamish
JamiePJ DeBoy
RobRaphael Barker
CalebPeter Stickles
CethJay Brannan
Tobias, the mayorAlan Mandell
JesseAdam Hardman
Shabbos GoyRay Rivas

Crew

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DirectorJohn Cameron Mitchell

Details

Released on
2006-12-01
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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