Lie with Me (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Lie with Me
[L]ike anything that flirts with the pornographic, Lie With Me bores.
With its drawn-out last act and sentimental ending, pic is a long way from being the Gen-Y Last Tango in Paris it would like to think it is.
A thrust in the right direction.
Director Clement Virgo, working with his partner Tamara Faith Berger's short, snappy novel, Lie With Me, strives to get beyond titillation and largely succeeds.
Audience Reviews for Lie with Me
Clement Virgo's "Lie With Me" is a depressing picture about two lonely souls who happen to meet and engage in a sexual relationship. The story begins with a woman named Leila(Lauren Lee Smith) who is seen as a lonely creature with a strong sexual appetite. At night Leila goes out to night clubs and through voiceover she explains about sexual stories about the men she had fun with. Just before leaving the party with another guy to fling with, Leila sees and lock eyes on a young male stud named David(Eric Balfour). Leila and the unknown stranger have a quick fling outside of the club while David(who is inside of his truck with his gf) is looking across, getting turned on by Leila's skills. David's gf copies Leila's actions but to David seems less turned on by the process. The two lonely souls meet at a quiet park in Toronto and later on next thing you know begin a sexual relationship. Both seem to be really attracted to one another and the two seem to wonder if they could take their realtionship to a higher serious level. The filmmaker Clement Virgo is interested in the fascination of casual sex between both partners and the games that they play but I don't know if that is a good message to send out to an audience. It's easy for one to like to have sex but harder to fall in love. I felt pretty disappointed in Leila because she has no love for David and in one scene leaves him after they slept together because she doesn't know how to love. Then she wants to come back to David because she feels lonely and cannot find another guy who can please her the way David does. He rejects her.(One can sense the stupid games women love to play on men) The third act is almost a repeat from the early parts of the picture. By then I grew restless. Virgo's film is shot quite well and he loves to use camera speeds slowing the frames down to draw a heightened reality but overall I couldn't recommend this film due to the repetitive softcore scenes and first encounters/seperations between Leila and David. The ending is really a letdown.
This Canadian drama-romance film is not bad, but so hot as what I think it is stunning, but never gratuitious or porn-like. The sex scenes are long, filmic and beautifully shot, but not enough. Lauren Lee Smith delivers a performance in an extremely challenging role that required not only an understanding of the "dark side" of modern relationships, but a clear ability to approach the character of "Leila" with honesty, courage and a sense of honesty that transcends most films in this genre.
Waste of time soft porn with a bit of a storyline. I couldn't even sit through it.
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