This came out a donkeys age ago, but I only saw it the other week. 1st up, it has the most gorgeous soundtrack with lovely stuff from Yo La Tengo, Jay Brannan and the bearded and beautiful Scott Matthew (you have to listen to his song Language. sigh. is so nice).
The movie itself is centers around several New Yorkers and the problems they grapple with in their relationships and issues of truth, control, depression and sexuality. Sophia the sex therapist who can’t come, her husband Rob who can, Jamie and James who aren’t really listening to each other as James struggles with depression and Severin the dom who is just trying to connect. Their lives at this point in time become intertwined and each character has either a direct of indirect effect on the others stories. They meet each week at an underground salon called Shortbus and through this, eventually, gain insight into themselves and their lives.
At times funny and poignant this was a real delight to watch and despite some of the serious underlying themes I found it quite uplifting and thought provoking. The script was developed with the cast and has obviously made this a project close to the heart of its director John Cameron Mitchell. (totally geeked out and watched clips of the director speaking about his film).
Jay Brannan is just beautiful. This was one of his first ventures into film. He has gone on to sing and also starred in Holding Trevor (which is cool). Paul Dawson was also compelling, so sad and very watchable and incredibly athletic, he manages to suck his own cock (Jesus wept, I nearly fell off the couch!) I swear it was not just because of his bendiness that I found his performance memorable. heh. I thought Lindsay Beamish was also an interesting character as Severin the dom, sitting in her slippers with her tea, she just seemed so jaded at times and fierce!
I liked that there was sex, (of course) but it wasn’t just a cheap thrill, but more about how sometimes we ignore things that are important and how we can cut ourselves off from what we really need. Lovely drama watching and most definitely recommended.