This is the sort of film every Hollywood filmmaker dreams to make but can't due to the obtrusive morality in the film industry (it's okay to kill and mutilate people, but it's wrong to show any nudity). This is, in fact, a film made by people who work in the porn business, and are tired of the gynecological camera shots and the acrobatic and never-ending sex scenes. What about making a film where men and women talk openly about sex, and where the sexual acts are presented in a frank and honest manner (most sex scenes here don't last more than a couple of minutes, sometimes not more than a few seconds)?
The story takes place during two separate dinners, one among some female friends and the other among some of their male counterparts. The conversation during the night eventually turns to sex. It's interesting to note that the film sometimes gives us a perspective of the same story, once from the girls' point of view and then from the boys' side. This gives us some funny results, and other times some very interesting points are made about the relations between couples, showing that we are very different creatures made from a same mold.
What's really extraordinary is that the acting in this film is perfect, so much that I wondered where did they find actors who would be willing to show so much flesh. What probably gave away the origin of these "actors" real day job, was that they all had their pubic regions shaved (the director had told them to let their pubes grow back, but you know what it's like in the porn business today). And this is what is so extraordinary about it. While we all know that most porn actors have about as much acting talent as a dung beetle, the people in this film are absolutely remarkable, so much that I doubted for a second whether they were in the porn business at all (aside from the shaved you-know-what giveaway). Actually I had to look them up in the web to ascertain that they all came from the porn industry.
This film was shot as a standard film over the period of a week (as opposed to a couple of hours that it usually takes for your standard porn opus). That is to say that there was a script, and the actors had to learn their text, and an emphasis was given on that (the directors asking the actors to repeat their texts again if the acting or the delivery was dodgy during a scene). I don't know how much the couple of directors had to push their actors to deliver their texts correctly and make them act naturally, but whatever they did comes across wonderfully. The actors are incredibly believable in their roles (think Sex and the City without the histrionics from the actors in that series, and delivered more realistically), so much, that again, I didn't really believe they came from the sex industry.
This is the sort of film that Catherine Breillat wishes she could make, but ultimately she always fails because of her persistence of wanting amateur actors to play their sex scenes for real. This film proves that porn actors, given a chance, can be as good as your average movie star (or even better; the girls and guys here are better than any of the actors from any of the major and more edgier cable TV series).
My only wish is that they should make more films like this. If you want to portray sex in a film, do it honestly. I'm sick and tired of Hollywood pretentiousness, of seeing actors rolling bedsheets around their bodies, or shooting sex scenes from angles where you can't see anything.
Of all the so called mainstream films that include visually graphic sexual scenes, this is the best of the lot. And porn actors can act too. This film is the proof. Here's hoping there will be more like this (though how many more stories like this can they tell before it becomes redundant and isn't poignant anymore, is anyone's guess).
If you are open-minded about sex, I highly recommend this film. Though those of you who believe they're buying a porno film will be disappointed (it isn't titillating at all).