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Shortbus (2006)

Voyeurism is Participation

Original Title : Shortbus
Director : John Cameron Mitchell
Writer : John Cameron Mitchell
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Wouter Barendrecht , Alexis Fish , Howard Gertler , Morgan Higby , Pamela Hirsch , Richie Jackson , John Cameron Mitchell , Frank Olsen , Tim Perell , Bobbi Thompson , Michael J. Werner , Neil Westreich , Richard Wofford
Music : Yo La Tengo
Photography : Frank G. DeMarco
Distributor : A-Film Distribution
IMDB ID : 0367027
Official site : http://www.shortbusmovie.co.uk/
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Starring

Sook-Yin Lee Sofia
Paul Dawson James
Lindsay Beamish Severin
PJ DeBoy Jamie
Raphael Barker Rob
Peter Stickles Caleb
Jay Brannan Ceth
Justin Bond Himself
Alan Mandell Tobias, the Mayor
Jesse Hardman Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas Shabbos Goy
Bitch Herself
Shanti Carson Leah
Jan Hilmer Nick
Justin Hagan Brad
Stephen Kent Jusick Creamy
Yolonda Ross Faustus
Daniela Sea Little Prince
Miriam Shor Cheryl
Rachael C. Smith Zoey (as Rachael Cyna Smith
Paul Oakley Stovall Magnus
Lex Vaughn Bucky
The World Famous *BoB* The World Famous 'BoB'
Dirty Martini Dirty Martini
The Wau Wau Sisters The Wau Wau Sisters
Bradford Scobie Dr. Donut
Murray Hill Murray Hill
Reg Vermue The Albino
Eric Gilliland Eric Gilliland
Jonathan Caouette Blondie-Grabber
Adam Hardman Jesse
The Hungry March Band The Hungry March Band
Fast Ali Party Girl (uncredited
 

Plot

Numerous New York City-dwellers come to the exclusive club Shortbus to work out problems in their sexual relationships. Rob (Raphael Barker) and Sophia (Sook-Yin Lee) are a happily married couple, except for the fact that she has never experienced sexual climax. This irony follows her to work, because she is a couples counselor who frequently has to deal with the sexual issues other couples have. Two of her patients are Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James (Paul Dawson), a gay couple who have been monogamous for five years and counting. James wants to bring other men in to the relationship, and his own history with depression may hint at an ulterior motive. Ceth (Pronounced like Seth, played by Jay Brannon) may be the perfect addition to their family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the street, may have his own ideas about that. At the urging of the two Jamies, Sophia visits Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own to reveal.
 

Comments

On-screen sexual thrills take a backseat to Shortbus', emotional core, 5 October 2006 Author: pullmydaizy from United States Set in modern-day New York City, a heterogeneous group of straights, gays and transgenders find common ground at Shortbus, an underground salon where people are free to explore their most carnal sexual desires with random hookups and nightlong orgies - sometimes even finding bits of wisdom along the way.The superb cast of characters of John Cameron Mitchell',s "Shortbus" powerfully draws the viewer in to each of the characters', lives and problems. Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee), a sex therapist who',s never had an orgasm, seeks out ways to overcome her "pre-orgasmic" dilemma, profoundly affecting her marriage. James (Paul Dawson), a former male escort battling depression, goes to ultimate extremes when he can',t even seem to feel happiness with his loving and devoted partner of five years, Jamie (PJ DeBoy). Struggling artist Severin (Lindsay Beamish), who succumbed to work as a dominatrix, seeks to have a meaningful relationship with someone - anyone.Yes, the on-screen sex is real. And there',s lots of it. But rather than displaying sexually explicit scenes for the sake of cheap titillation, "Shortbus" is provocative with an actual purpose. We',re not in Hollywood anymore.While sex is a main focal point in the film, it is not the sole one. "Shortbus" deals with all manners of human relations. Not stressing one form over another, it shows how sex, friendship and love continually intermingle. Because one',s comfort level with their sexuality mirrors how one relates in all other relationships, showing the raw and carnal aspect of each character so explicitly works beautifully to accurately convey their motivations and struggles.In a touching conversation, an old man identifying himself as the former mayor of New York says to the young and naive Ceth (Jay Brannan), "People come to New York to get laid ... People also come to New York to be forgiven." The latter can also be said for those who elect to see this film. Whether dealing with sexual oppression, struggling with sexual desires deemed socially deviant, seeking redemption for having already been there and done that, or feeling generally unaccepted for being who you are, the redemption value in this film is tenderly perceptible. "Shortbus" lets us know that gay, straight, bi, transgender, whatever - we all just want to feel accepted.
 
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