TIFF 2016 Review : ‘Below Her Mouth’

Dripping with lust layered on so thick that you can practically smell the sex, the lesbian relationship drama Below Her Mouth might be one of the most erotic and emotionally charged tales of attraction that Canada has ever produced.

April Mullen @ TIFF 12.09.2015 (28)

Engaged fashion magazine editor Jasmine (Natalie Krill) has grown apart sexually and emotionally from her loving fiancée, and finds a large amount of sexual attraction and attention from commitment-phobic roofer, Dallas (Swedish model Erika Linder, asserting herself well in her first film). With Below Her Mouth actress turned director April Mullen (breaking out of a genre rut that she recently found herself in) and first time screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi perfectly capture the early honeymoon days of a relationship where sexual attraction often overrules all other aspects of a healthy partnership.

Made with an all female crew on set, Below Her Mouth carries a unique feminine sensibility that men can’t capture. Mullen’s tightly crafted visual sensibilities, the chemistry between Krill and Linder, and Fabrizi’s intimately drawn characters elevate what could have easily fallen into the realm of male infantilism and wish fulfilment into a passionate, sexy, and resoundingly emotional character drama.

The amount of explicit sexual activity here threatens to be overwhelming at times, but it feels earned and in service of a greater point about sexual awakening. It’s a delicate balance few filmmakers can pull off with any degree of believability, but Mullen and Fabrizi deserve all the kudos in the world for making it feel wholly authentic.

Is Below Her Mouth essential festival viewing?

Yes. It’s one of the most daring and provocative Canadian films in recent memory.

Source : Toronto Film Scene (11.09.2016)


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