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As a sexual educator and BDSM educator and personal Dom myself, as well as a personal fan of James Franco's, I was delighted to see this movie in the library.
However when I watched it I was appalled from the beginning, and continued to be until about 2/3rds of the way through when I couldn't continue watching.
This movie can hardly be called a documentary because it is NOT educational.
Nor is it a documentary about the kink community and BDSM.
It is a documentary about a pornography company that films BDSM torture scenes.
And from the very beginning you will see the basic rules of safe, sane and consensual being broken by this company. You will watch models have things done to them that they are explicitly saying they DO NOT want done to them.
And worst of all you will be forced to watch sexual torture that you do not know you are signing up to watch and makes you feel that your own consent is being violated.
This film is nothing more than the filming of the filming of hardcore torture and rape pornography, with some commentary from the pornographers, that again is non-educational in nature, and is just their own personal thoughts and opinions and feelings and such.
The movie teaches you absolutely NOTHING about BDSM and Kink Culture, lifestyle or practices. It seems as though its main goal is to shock and appall, which it will for any sensible person who doesn't know that this is not really a documentary, so much as a filming of torture pornography...in which the people are actually being tortured since they aren't even consenting to everything that is being done.
This movie is a great disservice to the kink community. Far worse than 50 shades of grey. I never thought I would say this but shame on you James Franco.
Educational approach to the pornographic industry.
well...that was interesting
That mysterious smile of the director ...
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.
With a subversive topic such as BDSM, it was never going to be easy to make a film that would appeal to a mainstream audience about a topic hugely underground. C. Voros and J. Franco manage to depict a world of exploration, sexual fantasies and overall succeed t humanize the protagonists. It's not for everyone but it's definitely a very well done documentary about a subject I personally had no insight on previously. This documentary made me rethink the way I perceive some sexual practices and questions the rigid education that one grow up with. Self experimentation / exploration is after all a huge part of our personal path during our lifetime. If some people find a meaning, happiness and fulfillment in these practices, bless them. It may not be for everyone but I salute the effort to desacralize and de-demoniozed such subject.
One of the more disturbing watches I've experienced in the past few years.
Enlightening, and a little frightening. Left me a little unsettled.
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.
Not what I expected, but very interesting.