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An ambitious documentary filmmaker discovers the darkest parts of himself when he turns his camera on a beautiful woman who humiliates men for money.

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Ceara Lynch ... Ceara
Julian Shaw ... Julian
Jazlyn Yoder ... Cassie
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Sarah Armanious ... Rose
Lilith Astaroth Lilith Astaroth ... Goddess Lilith
Jonathon Green ... Dr. Brian Westlake
Jolene Hexx Jolene Hexx ... The Valkyrie
Kevin Mannis Kevin Mannis ... Dell
Joseph D. Reitman ... Luke Adore
John Henry Whitaker ... Travis
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An ambitious documentary filmmaker discovers the darkest parts of himself when he turns his camera on a beautiful woman who humiliates men for money.

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DIFFERENT REALITIES INTERWEAVE IN THIS SEXUALIZED THRILLER!
5 June 2019 | by FJG1953See all my reviews

In describing Use Me as a sexualized thriller residing in the ambiguous territory between fantasy and reality Use Me sets the audience up for one ride - while delivering another. It's just one part of the overall misdirection that makes this film so interesting.

I viewed the film at it's Brooklyn Film Fest world premiere and was immediately sucked into the story. But it's taken me a full day of replaying the film in my head to realize what I watched was not what I saw. Like a magician using his skills to distract the audience's attention, the film's more obvious story deflects the viewer's attention from where the real magic occurs -- just outside story. Only at the end does that magic unfold to the surprise and delight the audience. The hints as to how that magic will eventually manifest itself are there throughout the movie, but as with any good magic show, the audience is not fully aware of what it is watching. And that's what makes this film genius.

The main themes of the movie are planted early on in the film. Julian's ambitious pursuit of the American dream as a documentary film maker, and Ceara's morally ambiguous work are the obvious threads that drive the story forward. For those familiar with Ceara's work, the first 30 minutes may be slow. For those not familiar with her work, those 30 minutes are sure to be fascinating as they provide insight into a bizarre world of online sexual fantasy play most are unaware even exists. Whether familiar with that world or not, the viewer should watch closely. There is meaning in even the mundane; little noticed clues speak to those themes which only broach the audience 's consciousness once the layers of reality are peeled back at the end of the film to reveal the truth.

The film is a tapestry of all those layers of reality which define who we are - loathsomeness, arrogance, deceit, greed, fear, love. Layers so tightly woven together in a person's personality that they create a single psyche. A psyche that, for the maladjusted person, is hard to comprehend let alone repair. The film dances around, then delves deeply, into the complex psyche of Julian, the director and producer of this pseudo-documentary . And it is here, in Julian's reality, the story unfolds and where, at it's core, the film becomes less about Ceara the humiliatrx and more about Ceara the healer. Less about selfish manipulation and damnation and more about selfless affection and redemption. Once the truth is known to the audience, words and scenes take on different meaning. Princess Cassie's forceful reproach of Julian, "You know nothing!" strikes at a deeper layer of truth. Viewer sympathy shifts during an argument between Julian and Ceara once the ultimate truth is known. Like a densely written book, this film deserves a second or third viewing to fully appreciate and understand just how intricately woven together those themes are.

Julian described his job as a documentary film maker as uncovering the truth. One truth not addressed in the film is a man's desires to have others rejoice in the good in which he rejoices. I think Julian, upon deciding to make this film about Ceara Lynch, expected to find moral decadence and the worst common parts of humanity. Instead what he found was goodness. And I think this movie was ultimately made so that he might share his rejoice with others.


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