Hoping to inject creativity into their onstage performance, a reserved actress and her co-star consider improvising their love scene.

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Stage actors Mariah and Daniel play lovers every night, but their onstage romance lacks spark. One slow afternoon, they discover that today's matinée performance will make or break both their careers. Daniel wants to make big changes, and Mariah starts to wonder: are Daniel's suggestions reasonable? Or has he lost track of the boundary between actor and character? Rushed to the stage, in front of a live audience, they must figure it out together. Written by Anonymous

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Because of its combination of scripted acting and explicitly sexual performance, the audition process for "Matinée" was carefully crafted. In order to make sure that all the actors and actresses would be comfortable and fully understand the challenges of the role, director Jennifer Lyon Bell needed to create a multistage audition process. After reading the script, every actor and actress had an initial private conversation with director, and the chance to ask detailed questions. Subsequent auditions involved increasing involvement with the role: plain readings followed by improvisations followed by an improvisation involving nudity. Then finalists were paired and auditioned together. Finally, each finalist was asked which other partners he/she most preferred to work with. Steven McAlistair and Alicia Whitsover - who had never met each other before the auditions - turned out to be the couple with the right combination of acting talent, bravery, spontaneity, and sexual authenticity. See more »

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A whole different, feminist approach to erotic movies
26 May 2014 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

In Matinée, Jennifer Lyon Bell, one of the leading feminist erotic movie directors, presents a whole different approach to erotic movies. To her, sex is something to be savored not exploited. Her respect and feeling for her very-appealing characters permeates the movie and stands in stark contrast to the exploitive, misogynistic approach so often found in traditional supposedly-erotic movies.

Jennifer Lyon Bell is also very well trained and it shows in Matinée. The quality of the production is first rate. She clearly took great pains in making a high-quality movie.

The IMDb "director cameo" about the movie correctly notes that she appears briefly at the end of the movie, but fails to note that she is one of the members of the audience watching the play which is the subject of the film.


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