Director: Stacie Passon
Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky
Country of Origin: USA 2013 96 mins.
World Premier Sundance International Film Festival
Teddy Special Jury Prize 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Released by PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT
Shrugging off your inhibitions can lead to a new lease of life particularly if after being hit on the head by your son's baseball and suffering a concussion, you awake to a 'Belle de Jour' moment.
Abby (Robin Weigert), a forty-something wealthy lesbian housewife, liberal New Yorker, is sexually frustrated and bored with modern suburbia and the tedium of her marriage to New York divorce lawyer Kate. Suburbia clearly a Dante's inferno vision of gym workouts, same faces, same chat, low calorie drinks, low carb eats and the next PTA meeting looming. How can this New Yorker bring a bit of spark into her life ? Become a high-class hooker? You could meet good class suburban mums. With inhibitions gone fantasy becomes reality and Abby's drawn into a double life as a high-class hooker for female clients with a little help from Justin (Johnathan Tchaikovsky), her contractor and his girl friend. It's tongue in cheek isn't it?
Stacie Passon's debut feature indie drama take on a lesbian modern suburban New York liberal class member's 'liberation' could/should have been filled with satire, humour, pathos and comedy but it's uneventful. It lacks substance and anything that tempts interest fizzles out as we pass from one similar scene to another similar scene with a snog and the odd eye movement to the ceiling as David Kruta's camera captures the minimalistic touches to Belle de Jour's New York apartment.
'Belle de Jour' it ain't.