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Critic Reviews for Kink
The director, Christina Voros, adopts an educational approach that embraces the pleasure within the pain.
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.
The doc is often terrific fun. But it is a work of observation and advocacy rather than journalism.
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.
Kink may ultimately be too slight to rank as a great documentary, but it does suggest the arrival of a great documentary filmmaker.
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.
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.
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