`Shortbus' a provocative turn

review B

October 20, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Sex is celebrated, embraced, trumpeted and possibly even overexposed in Shortbus, writer-director John Cameron Mitchell's no-positions-barred look at a group of unfulfilled New Yorkers convinced their libidos hold the keys to their unhappiness.

Among the characters winding their way through this defiantly graphic carnal-copia are a sex therapist (Sook-Yin Lee) who has never been totally satisfied by her husband, a gay couple (Paul Dawson and PJ DeBoy) afraid to really know each other, a wearily hostile dominatrix (Lindsay Beamish), a voyeur whose only relationship is with the windows next door and a former mayor of New York (Alan Mandell) who laments that he never did enough to avert the AIDS crisis.

Shortbus (ThinkFilm) Starring Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy. Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Unrated. Time 102 minutes.

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