2006   USA Shortbus
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Director:John Cameron Mitchell
Studio:Velocity / Thinkfilm
Writer:John Cameron Mitchell
IMDb Rating:6.6 (16,404 votes)
Awards:6 wins & 5 nominations
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:102 min
John Cameron Mitchell  ...  (Director)
John Cameron Mitchell  ...  (Writer)
Sook-Yin Lee  ...  Sofia
Paul Dawson  ...  James
Lindsay Beamish  ...  Severin
PJ DeBoy  ...  Jamie
Raphael Barker  ...  Rob
Peter Stickles  ...  Caleb, the Stalker
Jay Brannan  ...  Ceth
Alan Mandell  ...  Tobias, the Mayor
Adam Hardman  ...  Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas  ...  Shabbos Goy
Bitch  ...  Bitch / Shortbus House Band
Shanti Carson  ...  Leah, the Beautiful Couple
Justin Hagan  ...  Brad
Jan Hilmer  ...  Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick  ...  Creamy
Frank G. DeMarco  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: In his aim to make an honest film about sex, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) has taken a somewhat documentary approach to Shortbus, a film describing various New Yorkers' sexual pathos. Framed by shots roving a homemade diorama of the city, Shortbus is comprised of vignettes featuring actors who helped craft this story of people's disconnect in sexual endeavors. Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James (Paul Dawson), a gay couple experiencing a lull in their relationship, visit Sophia (Sook-Yin Lee), a sex therapist whose inability to orgasm results in her clients inviting her to a sex club after which the film is titled. Sophia's husband, Rob (Raphael Barker), is also willing to experiment, so the two independently embark on adventures in self-pleasure. Dominatrix Severin (Lindsay Beamish) plays a crucial role in Sophia and Rob's lives, as her search for real humanity overlaps with their desire for passion. As each character's plot complicates, the viewer sees a similar melancholy bulldozing its way into these seemingly disparate lives. The depression is repeatedly used in comedic scenes, such as when James is asked on a date while still hospitalized for his attempted suicide. Yo La Tengo's score, which includes Animal Collective among others, lends this film a graceful ambience. Unlike porn, Shortbus has a resonance that encourages the viewer to consider one's own sex life as an important aspect of happiness. --Trinie Dalton

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