5.71 h 36 min2013X-RayR
The erotic examination of Abby, a lesbian housewife who becomes a high-end escort to escape her passionless marriage. Her double life proves liberating until a woman from her own social circle becomes a client.
Stacie Passon
Robin WeigertMaggie SiffJonathan Tchaikovsky
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into_the_lensReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Room to breathe
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I was pulled in until the end. I thought this was a very adept profile of American life. I appreciated the characters' expressions and am disappointed in the people complaining about unsophisticated dialogue and lack of character development. It gave the movie room to think and breathe. It wasn't designed to be "West Wing"-style machine-gun conversation, and I liked it for that. Speaking of American life, I thought the entire premise of the movie was "the illusion of choice" (yeh, it was there, hidden). This is a pretty superficial existence. The poignant sequence of perfect, high-end artwork and furnishings on the walls while she's crying was the crux. We're in a damn cage socially, politically, economically, culturally...and if you're not careful, maritally. The sex was just sex; she wasn't looking for love. She was looking for freedom. Yes, the main character did a poor job of communicating needs to her spouse. And she was deceitful. That she tried to relieve her frustrations in other parts of her life with creative sex is an allure many hard-working but bored people experiment with. It's better to pair up with someone who is compatible that way, or not pair up at all. The worst, however, was the ending -- completely unacceptable and uninspiring. "Stay on your hamster wheel and shorten your focus to the little things" seemed to be the message. Maybe that's the disappointment we were meant to feel. But I think it could have been expressed some much more artfully like the rest of the film managed.
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FrohanReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hot, raw, intelligent
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The movie's rated pretty low, but it's not because it's bad. Probably just because anything with lesbian sex scenes gets rated low. And it's a mundane movie. But that's how it's supposed to be.

It really resonated with me in a raw, uncomfortable kind of way. Everyone keeps their emotions really close to their chest; there are so many moments where you think a character is about to spill her heart out, but she doesn't, because ultimately no one really trusts or understands each other. Everyone has walls built around their hearts. Including Abby. Or maybe it's more accurate to say Abby's built the biggest wall of them all, and this is a story about, not climbing over it, but about trying to paint something beautiful on it when all she can do is doodle. It's heartbreaking, but not in an overly-dramatic, Hollywood sort of way. It's heart-breaking because, if you're one of those people who can relate to Abby, that's just life. In all its mundane, miserable glory.
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NymphadoraReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a second watch...or a third....
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This is an edited update of my review below. (2nd review)For reasons unknown I've come back and watched this film again and again and again. Five times since my first review. I'm liking this film more and more. Perhaps I'm seeing myself in here, in Sam's role. (Maggie) Maybe my life has gotten this boring as well, and I need something new. I agree with everything I wrote before but now I really like the film. The situations are realistic in that they are a view of Robin's character's boring, going nowhere life. Therefore, the film can seem boring. Her everyday life is on a timetable of boring....exercise class now, spin class, yoga class, work from home, gather up the kids, boring stupid little parties with the same friends....
Abby / Eleanor decides to become an escort and meets the same type of women but all are looking for some sex, some excitement, some ANYTHING other than what they have been doing. But when 'Eleanor' get a new client, Sam Bennet, a casual acquaintance who she already thinks is cute, and straight, things change. Sam is also bored, and bi, and lonely. They hit it off and find they have much in common as lovers and the rich-wives-of-hard-working-spouses.
I keep thinking about this film, and the filming, and the acting. I finally get the film and I like it. It is not for everyone but try it once or twice. Nyms

(1st review) I really looked forward to getting this because I really like Maggie Siffs. First of all, after the opening credits, the movie fizzles, sputters a bit, and dies. The R rating should have been PG. I wasn't looking for porn but this is quite mellow. If anyone is looking for full frontal nudity of Maggie or Robin, it ain't gonna to be here. What WAS good was the filming is exquisite. Soft, almost old fashioned colour. Staging is great. There are some truly funny scenes in here. Everything in the film is most likely more true to life than most stories where everything goes along perfectly. I wish I could live in the area of NYC that they do...the old lofts and buildings are as I remember them from years ago. I may watch this film once more, since I bought it used for $9.95. I may like it more, or perhaps I'll just use it as a coaster. I don't think Maggie had a full screen time of more than twelve minutes or so. So, if you really like Maggie Sifts and her acting, you will like Sons of Anarchy because of seven seasons of her in a number of emotional scenes. And ...I'm jealous of her lovely dark natural lashes when she closes her eyes.... I'm very light blonde and even mascara doesn't help... Nyms
6 people found this helpful
tpotts69Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I am gay and been in various long-term relationships and this is an excellent depiction of that
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I've watched this movie several times because it's almost necessary to catch all of the subtle nuances. I am gay and been in various long-term relationships and this is an excellent depiction of that, whether you're homosexual or heterosexual. The writer/director based it loosely on her own life experience. Robin Weigert and Maggie SIff were brilliant. The sex scenes were very realistic and tastefully done. The awkwardness, discomfort, desire,desperation,and starvation for human contact was visceral,disarming, and sometimes difficult to watch.The most moving,intimate, and physically- affecting encounter between Sam and Abby, shows very little other than their faces. Absolute brilliance by both actresses and the director to pull that off. I don't think i've ever seen such a powerful depiction of intimacy between two women in any other scene of it's kind.Really great movie.
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NylaReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I found this movie rather sad. It told a great story, but it was very sad because it's relatable - there's a couple going through the exact same thing at this very moment... which is disheartening. It's disheartening to know there are so many people who were once so madly in love with one another, they vowed to spend the rest of their lives together. Only to fall out of love later and attempt to fill the gap with the most meaningless base thing ever - random sex with strangers. Very sad. I gave it 4 stars because my personal feelings don't detract from the greatness of the film. It is still a very good movie.
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S. fernleafReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Robin Weigert
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I really enjoyed this movie. The fact that a same-sex marriage was not made the point was refreshing. Can’t say enough about Robin Weigert’s performance. Maggie Siff also exceptional. The sex scenes, directed by a woman, were erotic and tasteful.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was refreshing to see a movie based on a females life and how she had mostly all she wanted but a dry love life. I liked ever
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It was different and interesting. Usually infidelity movies are made mostly based on male lives. It was refreshing to see a movie based on a females life and how she had mostly all she wanted but a dry love life. I liked everything accept the very end. I was like well,"I guess thats it." If possibly there was a different type of ending than I would have gave it a four star or even a five star. All of the actors get a five star from me. Loved the story line and acting, the ending was just dry like the main characters love life.
4 people found this helpful
Ryan NovachekReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good plot. Poor delivery.
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Bored housewife in a boring neighborhood bored sexually due to boring inattentive partner decides to try being a prostitute under her own rules. Sounds like it could be promising, but the boring never goes away. Thankfully doesn't devolve into depraved sexual acts or the expected over the top fight/divorce/custody battle. Enough to keep you awake, not enough to recommend, much less remember 2 weeks after viewing.
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