1h 56min | Drama | 15 September 2006 (UK)
Shorts by eight directors examine the boundary between Eros and porn. A feral man masturbates with the aid of a whirling crankshaft; a sunbathing woman phones a doctor for a playful house call; a man with a quartz penis goes through lovemaking, castration, cannibalism, and restoration; a mouth and tongue, close up, lick viscous liquids of different colors and consistency; we watch a grainy film of a lesbian threesome, their eyes and genitalia crudely scratched out; a director interviews ten men, choosing one who picks among six actresses for a porn shoot; ink wash drawings become animated scenes of copulation; last, while an infant cries, a strobe illuminates adults at play.
I just watched this film at Sundance. Clearly the most challenging portion of this film for the audience was Gasper Noe’s use of strobe for his part of the film titled We F— Alone. A good fifth of the audience cleared out during We F— because they were bothered by the strobing. During the Q&A following the film when asked why he used the effect Noe replied, “Because it looks better.” The style used in We F— Alone may not appeal to most audiences, but the premise of the film promised shorts by director’s giving their impression of the world of porn and We F— Alone was obviously Gasper Noe’s take on the world of porn.
Other engaging portions of the film included Matthew Barney’s Hoist, which involved a man having sex with a industrial machine lifted a dozen feet off the ground; Larry Clarks Doc/ Porn, hosting try outs for young men willing to satisfy their dreams of being a porn star; Marco Brambilla’s amazing short splicing together frames from his own porn collection. The rest of the other shorts mixed in seemed to lack depth and were rather bland with the exception of Marina Abramovic’s vignettes on superstitious Balkan sexual behavior which was very funny.
The movie is all that is promised and is an absorbing take on porn from these artistic talents. This isn’t something to watch on a television and should be experienced in the theater environment.
Directors: Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney
Writers: Matthew Barney (segment), Richard Prince (segment)
Stars: Daniel, August, Goce Balkovic