The 25-year-old Danish porn star Denise K. travels back to L.A., where she hopes to make a comeback. Denise is the oldest resident of the agent's house, where she spends her days in the ...
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The 25-year-old Danish porn star Denise K. travels back to L.A., where she hopes to make a comeback. Denise is the oldest resident of the agent's house, where she spends her days in the company of 10 others during the film shoot. The house, which is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is also the center for live streaming, where customers can contact the models over the internet.Written by
A brief one-sided look at the American porn industry
Despite film maker Horanyi's assertions that she did not set out to make a documentary about the evils of the American porn industry, it is nevertheless the film she ended up making, though she completely fails to substantiate her thesis.
It seems like people both inside and outside the porn industry have complained about porn becoming ever more explicit and transgressive, probably ever since photography (and picture pornography) was invented the 1800s. There's no doubt that the sexual boundaries in western society have moved greatly, but is the porn industry actually more exploitative in 2014 than it was in 1994 or even 1974, or has the increased professionalization actually benefited workers? This is an interesting question, but the only answer given in the film is straight from protagonist Denice Klarskov, who is quoted bemoaning the shift in the industry in just the three years since she last worked in the USA.
The film does not lend a voice to anyone else, not even getting a react quote from porn producer Kink.com after insinuating that they abuse their models. Klarskov has later publicly distanced herself from the film, which she claims is taking quotes and clips out of context.
If there is one message Horanyi and Klarskov agrees on, it's the importance of young people defining their boundaries and sticking to them (a message worth heeding no matter the industry). It is telling, though, that Klarskov seems to find that it is Horanyi, more than the porn industry, that violated her boundaries during her latest stint in the USA.
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