Sarah, 30, single, well educated, likes art, places a voice ad for phone sex, inviting replies from men under 35, sturdy and sensual. Wilbert, a chubby middle aged architect, leaves a ...
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Sarah, 30, single, well educated, likes art, places a voice ad for phone sex, inviting replies from men under 35, sturdy and sensual. Wilbert, a chubby middle aged architect, leaves a message that he is Thomas, 32 and well formed. A week later, she phones. She likes his voice, he likes her laugh, so once a week she phones him (he's not to know her last name, where she lives, or her number). Portraits emerge of humor and sadness. He presses for details of her life and tells her about his work; she wants these Thursday calls to be fantasy and release, separate from the rest of who she is. The film dramatizes these tensions of lies and truth, connection and distance.Written by
Theo Van Gogh (a distant relative of the great artist Vincent with the same name as his brother) who was brutally murdered in Holland recently by Muslims, has a lasting tribute here in this tale about a connection made between two people on the phone lines. A good film about the telephone psyche that can occur with "phone sex." Although this film appears to be rough-edged and the English subtitles are a bit annoying, there is a dynamic magnetism that draws you forward and if you can "suspend your disbelief" (Coleridge) for just a bit, this is good entertainment. Haunting and surreal this story is believable. A 30 year old woman places a voice ad for "phone play" and lures an innocent unsuspecting fellow into a phone connection that becomes mutually exclusive. The two of them think of each other constantly and the obsession leads to some interesting telephone encounters. The director only shows the nose, mouth and chin of the fellow and the girl is shrouded in perpetual darkness, showing only the back or top of her head, or just her body slouched languorously on her couch or bed. This allows the audience to identify with the telephone experience of "phone play" relating to not knowing what the other person looks like. The immediacy, panic and fury that ensues is quite exciting. One encounter has the man in a hurry to catch a flight on a business trip only to have her persuade him to take a few moments to get "off" in a panic "quickie." Another scene has him persuade her to let him listen to her "go" in the toilet when nature calls which leads eventually to erotic passion for both of them. Another sequence shows them getting emotionally attached while chatting as she twirls her hair nonchalantly alternating her hand between her hair and groping over the rest of her body in the dark secret recesses of her living room. This is cheap and vulgar entertainment suitable only for late night adult viewers. This film does have its place, however, and taken in context and for what it is worth, this film is not a bad effort. More stimulating and inspirational, in fact, than a lot of the crap that is currently out there. If you let your imagination got to work, this film is somewhat erotic and arousing which is what "phone play" is all about anyways.
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