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Sexual Life (2005)

Last night, I watched this film. I think I like this. No clear message, Focus on sex (love) and the fact that many people may have not perfect sex lives. It’s not a best movie and not a bad one also. You won’t miss anything if you don’t see this.

SEXUAL LIFE is a contemporary drama about the uses and abuses of sex. The story follows the intersecting lives and loves of eight people. We move from liaison to liaison,eavesdropping on our characters’ most intimate moments and discovering the truth about our sexual lives.

LORNA (Azura Skye), a prostitute in her late teens, tells her roommate/best friend TERRI (Carla Gallo) that she has decided to quit. Her last “trick” is TODD (Tom Everett Scott), a photographer in his twenties who wants to spend one night with a prostitute in order to lose himself in a dissolute fantasy. Todd also has a girlfriend, SARAH (Elizabeth Banks), an executive assistant to an architect, JOSH (James Le Gros). After several dates Sarah and Todd have yet to consummate their relationship and Todd is not sure why.

Finally when they do make love Sarah is ambivalent; she likes and respects Todd but she is not excited by him. It is soon revealed that Sarah is having an affair with her boss Josh; a man she is terribly attracted to but despises as a rake and an egomaniac. To complicate matters we discover that Josh is married to GWEN (Anne Heche) and that he sees no inconsistency between his attraction to Sarah and the love for his wife. Gwen, however, feels Josh is slipping away and correctly assumes that Sarah is the reason. Gwen is afraid to confront Josh and instead she hopes to seduce her old BOYFRIEND (Steven Webber), a successful actor who happens to be in town visiting his sister. By having this affair Gwen hopes to have her revenge on her husband and restore her waning self- esteem. Unfortunately, it turns out her old Boyfriend is now gay, having “come out” shortly after they broke up years ago. Dejected by this news, Gwen soon finds comfort in the arms of DAVID (Eion Bailey), a sympathetic desk clerk at the hotel where she was having lunch. After the liaison, David and Gwen part, never to see or speak to each other again.

Upon returning to his post at the hotel David finds ROSALIE (Kerry Washington) waiting for him. David is in love with Rosalie but unfortunately she is about to get married to JERRY (Dule Hill), the son of a prominent politician. Consequently, David is hoping to break off his relationship with Rosalie but Rosalie is not making it easy for him, and she even wants David to attend her wedding. David refuses to attend the wedding but later he finds Rosalie outside his bedroom window and shortly thereafter the two make passionate love.

Later, Rosalie lies to Jerry that she “uninvited” David. This pleases Jerry as they both want their pending marriage to be about the future and not the past. And besides, Jerry feels enough pressure having to live up to the expectations of his overbearing father without having Rosalie’s “ex- boyfriend” around. The night before the wedding, Jerry and his friends celebrate the end of his bachelor days. At the bachelor party his friends have a surprise for him; they’ve hired a prostitute. As it turns out the prostitute is none other than Lorna, whose planned retirement seems not to have worked out as she had hoped. In the midst of their encounter Jerry breaks away and confesses to Lorna that he doesn’t want to go through with the marriage. Lorna convinces Jerry that he should run away and move on with his life, something she had hoped to do herself in the beginning but didn’t manage to accomplish. Jerry takes her advice and disappears through an open window.

At the end of the film Lorna and Terri decide to sneak into the wedding to see if Jerry goes through with it. It turns that Todd is the photographer at the wedding and he and Lorna recognize each other but the exchange is awkward for both of them. The story ends with Jerry and Rosalie getting married. Lorna is puzzled about why Jerry went through with it but concludes that you never know what the future will bring.

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, SEXUAL LIFE is a dramatic meditation on sex and love, how we use one to find the other, and how, more often than not, we confuse physical intimacy with emotional honesty. The cast of characters are linked through a series of brutally honest and intimate sexual liaisons. Through this series of sexual encounters the film shines a light on the unending human desire to find a romantic connection with others but how, more often than not, these encounters lead to frustration and misunderstanding. END

Director: Ken Kwapis

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