Kink (2014)




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Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of, the Internet's largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view,'s directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community. In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The director, Christina Voros, adopts an educational approach that embraces the pleasure within the pain.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Times
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The movie often feels like a full-length ad for a great workplace, which just happens to stash whips and chains in the stationery closet.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Daily News
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The doc is often terrific fun. But it is a work of observation and advocacy rather than journalism.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Village Voice
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It's not all about catharsis and transcendence for these folks; sometimes it's just about providing sordid sexual fantasies to people who need them.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
The Dissolve

Kink may ultimately be too slight to rank as a great documentary, but it does suggest the arrival of a great documentary filmmaker.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Film Journal International

More than just a thorough examination of hardcore pornography, Christina Voros's doc is also a sort of chronicle of the filmmaking process.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kink

This journey into the underground world of BDSM comes courtesy of producer James Franco and would have benefited greatly if it branched out of the studios of the largest producer of online bondage and S&M porn in the world for a little more insight. It all feels a bit biased and too friendly when no real tough questions are ever asked. Audiences are likely to be surprised by the artistic dedication and camaraderie going on in this highly unusual workplace. (It is also likely they'll want to stick to their current jobs!) A few misconceptions and stigmas about this taboo subject may also be broken, but in the end I was still left wondering why would having a giant phallic drill going inside anyone so violently would be apparently the fantasy of so many millions of people and the driver of so many millions of dollars. A curious and quite entertaining doco that is not for the faint of genitalia. Yes, humans were hurt in the making of this, but remember they liked it. Just don't expect to understand why.

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

Not exactly balls deep in it's examination of this industry, especially given it's focus on and cooperation of a single company (and yes, I'm familiar with some of their work). A fun look behind the scenes, but with a sense the whole truth isn't being told, except for the detailed answer a dominatrix gives to a question regarding whether she'd like her children working there.

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

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