Love Machine 2016
80 min | Adult | June 2016 (Russia)
Some scenes are very intimate, and this intimacy is not deranging, but comfortable for the spectator. The film can be considered pornography, because it contains close-ups of female and male sexual organs, and these scenes take up a lot of time. However, the intimacy is not only created by the sex scenes; it also pervades in the dialogues and in the looks that only a couple can exchange in private, where no film crew is needed. Pavel and Natal’ia admit that they filmed some scenes themselves.
Ruminov does not consider Love Machine to be pornography. For him, it is an illustration of his idea of “new pornography”. He refers to the contemporary Swiss-born and British-based philosopher Alain De Botton, famous for his promotion of complex philosophic ideas concerning love, sex and happiness. Quoting him, Ruminov sets an example of the perceptive integrity of a human being presented by the icon of the Virgin Mary made by painters of the Renaissance period. The admiration of the human body in the Renaissance led to present the Virgin Mary with nude breasts and a halo, unifying the separation of the corporal and the divine. And the icon of Virgin Mary inspired Ruminov for his future film.
Love Machine, Russia, 2016
Color, 80 minutes
Script: Pavel Ruminov
Camera: Kirill Voronyntsev, Anton Viurkov, Pavel Ruminov
Music: Tony High, Al Ivanov
Sound: Anton Karpov, Igor Karpov
Cast: Pavel Ruminov, Natal’ia Anisimova, Mariia Lavrova, Rafael Durnoian, Andrei Nazimov
Producer: Pavel Ruminov
Production: Mila Prosvirina, Sergei Kasparov, Natal’ia Anisimova
Production: Studio SLON