BELOW HER MOUTH. Directed by April Mullen, with Natalie Krill, Erika Linder, Sebastian Pigott, Mayko Nguyen, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Melanie Leishman and Andrea Stefancikova
JANE MAYNE reviews
Below Her Mouth may be slim on weighty dialogue, but it has obvious appeal as a subculture film – and augments the visibility of queer cinema.
Limited story development keeps this niche, but for those ready to enjoy the steam and fleeting fleshy forays into lesbian culture it’s a welcome break from heterosexual representations of reality.
The film’s predominant focus on sex is a fairly stereotypical reading of homosexuality (is that all lesbians really want to do?), but then this is a coming out story after all – with two attractive leads to sweeten the deal!
A relaxed Natalie Krill makes the girl-on-girl action pretty watchable, and the erotica translates to screen quite naturally (as opposed to voyeuristic camerawork). This may be due to the women-centred creative team: the film was shot in Toronto with an all women crew – written by Stephanie Fabrizi, directed by April Mullen and produced by Melissa Coghlan.
Most arousing sex scenes
The film’s leads are Canadian actress Natalie Krill (fashion editor Jasmine) and Swedish model Erika Linder (roofer Dallas) in her first acting role. Despite Linder’s pouty, stiff reading of the role, there’s a chemistry between the two stars, and their uninhibited lovemaking has secured them a Top 4 spot on BuzzFeed, whose poll on the most arousing sex scenes in films of this decade saw Below Her Mouth come in at Number 4, with the Top 3 being Atomic Blonde, Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.
Producer Melissa Coghlan expands: “Below Her Mouth was a film made by women – for women – for queer women who have felt under, or inaccurately, represented on screen – for those who expressed gratitude for finally seeing themselves on screen in a way that made them feel “normal”, those who wanted to see a film about female sexuality written, directed, produced and shot by women – through a female lens, rather than yet another film about lesbians made by men. Below Her Mouth is film about female pleasure, female desire and the female orgasm, in all its splendour. And, because it comes from an authentic place, having been created by queer women filmmakers, it is a deeply personal film. In making this film, we sought to open people to new ideas and new feelings and invite them to witness passion and desire between women in a way that pushes the boundaries.”
Also a joy that this didn’t end with a meat-cleaver lodged in someone’s brain – as all too many depressing lesbian portrayals are want to do.
A clichéd erotic courtship drama, where thankfully, the girl gets the girl.
What: Below Her Mouth
Release date: Friday, 11 August, 2017
Run time: 94 minutes
Rating: 18 L N S
Where: Hyde Park, Rosebank Nouveau, Brooklyn Nouveau, V&A Nouveau, Gateway
Videovision Entertainment: Through United International Pictures (South Africa)