‘Below her mouth‘ is part of the Focus Québec / Canada category and spotlight of homegrown cinema. April Mullen will be one of the guests for this 45th edition.
Friday October 7, 2016
Program #25 – 21:15 – Cinéma du Parc 1
Director : April Mullen | 94′ | Canada | 2016 | Drama/Romance | English | 18A | Tickets : $15
Friday, Sept. 30 @ 7 pm – Buy tickets HERE !
Western Canadian Premiere. Magali Simard (TIFF) writes: “One of the boldest and sexiest dramas of the year, April Mullen’s ‘Below her mouth’ tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.” We would like to add the words ‘most courageous’ to that sentence.
Jasmine (Natalie Krill – ‘Remember’) is a successful fashion editor living with her fiancé. On a night out with her best friend, she meets Dallas (Erika Linder, a Swedish fashion model in real life), who owns her own roofing company and is recently out of a relationship. Jasmine is taken by surprise when Dallas confidently hits on her; she turns Dallas down, but can’t get her out of her head.
Stephanie Fabrizi’s screenplay powerfully explores what happens when two women fall hard for each other. Shot with an entirely female crew, ‘Below her mouth’ smashes all kinds of ‘rules’. Director, April Mullen (‘Gravytrain’ and ‘Rock, paper, Scissors : The Way of the Tosser’) is an EIFF alumni and we are so proud to welcome her back for an audience Q&A following this screening.
To all our Canadian friends : “Farhope Tower” will be available ‘On Demand’ on Super Channel from Oct 06 2016 – Nov 30 2016.
Here is the full schedule for October :
Oct 05, 9.00 pm on SC4
Oct 05, 11.00 pm on SC2
Oct 10, 12.45 pm on SC3
Oct 10, 2.45 pm on SC1
Oct 11, 3.45 am on SC1
Oct 11, 5.15 am on SC2
Oct 15, 7.45 am on SC4
Oct 15, 12.00 pm on SC3
Oct 15, 2.00 pm on SC1
Oct 20, 11.00 am on SC4
Oct 20, 1.00 pm on SC2
Oct 20, 6.30 pm on SC3
Oct 20, 8.30 pm on SC1
Oct 26, 1.30 am on SC3
Oct 26, 3.30 am on SC1
Oct 30, 4.00 pm on SC3
Oct 30, 4.00 pm on SC3
Oct 30, 6.00 pm on SC1
The festival tour is not over…
Premiering at TIFF, “Below her mouth” is helmed by Canadian filmmaker April Mullen (88, Dead before dawn), and boasts itself as one of the first Canadian film productions to have an all-female production crew.
Director April Mullen in attendance at the screening on October 1 !
Don’t miss another screening of ‘Below her mouth‘ in Ontario at the Cinefest Sudbury ! Melissa Coghlan and Stephanie Fabrizi will be attending.
Sept. 21 8.00 pm @ Silvercity , 355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury.
Once in a blue moon, a person can look at you across a crowded space and strike a chord very deep inside of you. The sound that reverberates through your body when they do seems to ask you over and over “what if.. ?.”
What happens if you find out the answer to that question… even just once ?
‘Below her mouth’ introduces us to Jasmine (Natalie Krill). A well-heeled fashion editor with a great car, posh house, and handsome fiancee… the sort of woman who seemingly “has it all”. When her man goes out-of-town, Jasmine and a girlfriend hit up a lesbian bar on a Friday night. It’s there that she meets Dallas (Erika Linder), a roofer who she caught a glimpse of working on the house next door that morning.
The two are drawn together; Dallas feeling an undeniable attraction, and Jasmine fighting a “I’ve never done this before” hesitancy. One kiss becomes two, two becomes three. Soon Jasmine can’t concentrate on anything else and an actual date is set.
Over the course of one weekend, the women become deeply intertwined; sexually and emotionally.
Director April Mullen has added something beautiful to the landscape of film. Her love story – capture by a crew comprised entirely of women – feels truer, messier, and more vulnerable than most of what passes for romantic cinema these days. She knows that sometimes we grab hold of something awkwardly in a fit of passion, and that sometimes we say something silly the next morning.
She wants to use it all; give it all the full treatment and paint a new picture of what love-at-first sight means in the city I call home.
If I’m left with a question for Dallas and Jasmine, it’s this: ‘Below her mouth’ leaves no question about their sexual chemistry. In the heat of their moments, these two women are as-one; they slip into a give-and-take that most lovers can only dream of. Their sensual prayers are answered thanks to a whole lot of delicious sin. There is no question there. Instead, my question is this : what comes next ?
I have a pretty good clue what happens on Saturday night – what’s the feeling on Sunday morning ?
The filmmakers of ‘Below her mouth’ paint this as a love story – a declaration of bravery when we are strong enough to recognize love in all its forms. What is portrayed on-screen though is more like infatuation. Deep infatuation, and emotional infatuation to be sure…but more like craving, and less like completion.
Seeing Dallas and Jasmine try to cope with the absence of the other is intense, raw, and wonderfully understated. However, we are denied a glimpse at just what is truly missing. I believe those conversations took place – that there were more scenes at cafe tables, kitchen tables, boardwalks, and sidewalks – but we never see them, and so we’re left to take an emotional leap.
All in all, ‘Below her mouth’ is a good movie. It’s handsome, charged, splendid and sexy… but it could have been a great movie. There is no question what draws Dallas and Jasmine together; but there is much to be explored over what keeps them there.
Source : The Matinee (17.09.2016)