Modern Love Is Automatic (2009)
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Two women find themselves serving the eccentric needs of men for a living in this dark comedy from writer and director Zach Clark. Lorraine (Melodie Sisk) is a nurse who is bored with her job and tired of the strange men who ask her out nearly every day. Lorraine shares an apartment with Adrian (Maggie Ross), an obsessively cheerful young woman who is determined to make it big as a model. While taking the bus one day, Lorraine finds a copy of a fetish magazine called Shackled, and finds herself fascinated with the netherworld of bondage and domination. Lorraine takes up a second career moonlighting as a dominatrix; when the city's leading S&M club refuses to hire her, she places an ad in the personals section of a newspaper and soon finds herself making a variety of unusual gentlemen do her bidding. Meanwhile, Adrian's career as a model isn't taking off, but she is able to land an unusual job at a mattress shop, where the owner hires attractive women to "demonstrate" his wares in skimpy nightwear. Modern Love Is Automatic was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Modern Love Is Automatic
If nothing else, Modern Love Is Automatic leaves you curious to see what this filmmaker will do next.
Modern Love eventually becomes a portrait of an unlikely friendship, and climaxes with a shadowy karaoke triumph, to New Order's "Age of Consent." Sweet.
Whip-smart, compelling, well-acted, wickedly funny, bold and visually stylish without a trace of pretentiousness.
A jagged little jawbreaker made by and for aggressive youth-culture addicts.
A fascinating character study serving up as sharp a contrast in leading ladies as you're ever likely to encounter onscreen.
Zach Clark's film posits a world in which finding and maintaining amour is anything but routine.
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