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'Below Her Mouth' (2017)

Movie Review

Below Her Mouth was a film that was recommended to me on Netflix after liking the French film, Blue is the Warmest Colour. I decided to give it a go and judging from the title, I got the impression that there was going to be a lot of sex. In fact, so much sex one would say it's porn without plot. I'm surprised how this movie slipped under the radar.  I think it had real potential to be a film worth talking about, but there are things in the plot that I wasn't so keen on.

It's set in Toronto, a city I would very much like to visit at some point in my life. The film explores the unlikely affair between a roofer named Dallas and a fashion editor called Jasmine. The infidelity part irks me, but I can see how the unfaithful troupe mixed with lesbian romance can tingle some of the viewer's imagination. 

It's a shame because the film had so much to offer, but delivered very little outside of the sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I thought the sex scenes were well made and could feel both the romantic tension and some of the cheese, but there's so much emphasis on sex that it gets in the way of the things that are important, like character development and plot.  

The location of the films are amazing and the cinematography was good, but it's a shame that it isn't fully emphasized. I feel Dallas is a complete mystery. Even after watching the film again, I feel like I have no idea who this character is and what she's trying to be. There's one scene where she shows that she's been wearing a strap-on in the club the whole time. I think there was big potential to show more of Dallas' character other than being a typical male love interest but with a fanny instead. 

As for Jasmine, I feel like I've seen her character many times before. I wanted to root for her, but I found her too selfish to care for her wellbeing. The one thing that really aggravated me was that Jasmine is unfaithful. She's apparently engaged to the man of her dreams, but later in the movie, her boyfriend is made out to be a bad guy.  I thought the love triangle element was unnecessary and that Jasmine and Dallas's relationship would have felt more genuine if Jasmine was either single or had broken up with her fiance at the beginning of the film. 

The scene that stands out the most for me is the scene where Jasmine gets herself off in the bath by running tap water into her vagina. It's one of the best scenes because it's striking and the film makes a very bold attempt in showing the change in Jasmine's direction. 

I'm not so sure if I like this film or not. It looks good on paper but the lack of story and overdone cliches almost put me off the film. I did also wish the dialogue could have been better too. I thought it was too woody and lacked the realism of the sex scenes. There were also some scenes where I felt the acting could have been better, but after doing some research, I understand that some of the cast were inexperienced with this being their first role. 

Whether I'd recommend the film or not to you would depend on what you would want in this film. As far as erotica or porn goes, this is quite good, especially if you are looking for refined soft-core pornography by women for women—I would say that you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for something like the likes of Fingersmith or Blue is the Warmest Colour, I'd look elsewhere. 

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