Sunday, December 11, 2011

Phil goes Porno Chic: Phil reviews PORTRAIT OF A CALL GIRL from Elegant Angel-Dec. 10, 2011

Hello again and welcome back to another installment of Phil goes Porno Chic. Today's film comes from Elegant Angel, home of some of the best gonzo porn in the industry. However, this release marks a turning point for the company as it showcases that EA can produce extraordinary features as well. Starring the talented and charming Jessie Andrews, PORTRAIT OF A CALL GIRL solidifies my previous statement that exceptional storytelling, fine acting, and erotica can be made into works of art.

Teaser Movie Poster (2011)
In the film Andrews portrays Elle, a sweet and somewhat naive young call girl with a past that continues to haunt her. Through her sexual journeys and experiences, she come to understand more about herself while discovering a new found freedom within her. Awakening from her fog-hazed state, she realizes all the terrible things she has done and now find herself at a crossroads that will ultimately lead her back to her past, hoping that she'll be able to set things right.

Writer/director/editor Graham Travis has made an astounding, thoughtful and sexually arousing film that contains some very dark themes and emotions: lying, cheating, self-hatred, mental, physical, and psychological abuse are just some of the issues found here. Not the typical standard porno fluff and cuteness you would come to expect. The film is dark, emotionally distraught, and sexually charged. The film goes beyond anything any adult film has done before; it delves into the human psyche and brings to light a variety of human emotions other than just lust and fantasy.

Travis' directing is very modern: containing a combination of hand held camerawork, simple set-ups, shooting at real locations, advant-garde storytelling, and sparse dialogue with quick edits and intense sex scenes filled with raw and primitive emotions rendered this reviewer speechless and aroused simultaneously. Something that I have never experienced with modern day porn. This type of film was popular during the 1970s, when adult films were experimental and could be dark, erotic, and advant-garde. Films like BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR and THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES come to mind, especially the later to which this film feels like a distant relative. And while the comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's 2009 experimental film THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE starring former porn star Sasha Grey are inevitable, any comparisons are uncalled for. While I did enjoy that film, one has to remember that in Soderbergh's film, Grey is an emotionally dead call girl, while Andrews is exploring a full ray of emotions while having some hot, raw, and emotionally charged sex.

Original DVD Cover Artwork (2011)
And speaking of Andrews, her performance in the film was riveting. What gives it away are her big, beautiful eyes; those eyes are so expressive that you can tell that she was always in character. The dynamic range of emotions that Andrews had to convey is mind blowing as she nailed each scene with pose and realism. One of my favorite scenes are her just walking aimlessly around Los Angeles, as if she has lost her way in life and doesn't know where to go. Another one is when she is in the movie theater and begins to cry, as if the movie she's watching is projecting her haunting past: a dysfunctional family, poverty, isolation and her abusive treatment toward her boyfriend. Her saddened face is heart-wrenching, tears pouring down her face, Elle realizes that her past will not go away, no matter how far away she runs from it. Here Andrews makes us sympathize with her and her inner turmoil. We have all had to deal with aspect of our past that we would wish to go away. With Elle, Andrews commands our attention as we learn more about her as we do with understanding ourselves.

Andrews is the only one having sex in the film, and each sex scene offers a little something for everyone. An incredible oral scene in the beginning, which is also one of my favorite scene for this one reason: the camera stays on Andrews through the whole scene. It doesn't cut away to the guy at all, it stays, actually lingers, on Andrews, giving us the illusion that we are that man in the hotel room. Other sex scenes include a raw, rough, and intense session with Manual Ferrara, a hot, steamy threesome and an incredible six-man blowbang. But give credit to Mr. Travis, he is able to have all this hot, mind blowing sex without sacrificing the film's story. The sex is blended seamlessly into the continuity and it is just amazing to watch. Usually in most adult films, there's the standard, generic, two-dimensional dialogue that sets up the sex scene to follow. However in this case, the sex is part of the story. Like the classics, it's a film that has sex in it. Take the sex out and you still have an enlightening film (FYI: Disc 2 of the DVD set contains the film without the sex, so you can see what I'm talking about).

PORTRAIT OF A CALL GIRL is a masterpiece of adult cinema; emotionally charged, haunting and visually appealing. The film is a high achievement of eroticism that recalls the classics from the Golden Age of Porn. This film is a modern day classic and if you doubt that, here's the proof: On December 6th, the Adult Video News (AVN) announced the nominees for the 2012 AVN Awards Show (the adult industry's version of the Academy Awards). PORTRAIT received 10 nominations, including Best Actress (Andrews), Best Cinematography, Best Director (Travis), and Best Feature. Look for the film win several awards this January, but in the meantime, enjoying watching it tonight. Five out of five stars!!


PORTRAIT OF A CALL GIRLS is currently available on both Blu-Ray and a 2-Disc DVD set and can be purchased on the Elegant Angel website at www.elegantangel.com. You can follow Jessie Andrews on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/jessieslife and check out her website at www.teamjessie.com. Follow Elegant Angel on Twitter as well at https://twitter.com/#!/ElegantAngelxxx

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1 comment:

  1. Now I really, really, really want to see this. It actually looks like quite an enjoyable movie. Thanks Phil for reviewing it : )

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