I must admit I didn’t know what Shortbus was all about. I was going through the DVDs at the library a few days ago and the picture caught my attention. The quote on the cover lured me in: “An exhilarating trip. An erotic hot button of a movie.” That was it. That did it. I didn’t need to know any more!
Fast forward to this evening…
It may at times seemed like a compiled shots of animalistic lust but in fact there was no five consecutive minutes that went by that the movie did not deal with deep human emotions and psychology of mankind.
Don’t take my word for it, “…unquestionably the most sexually graphic American Narrative feature ever made…”, “It is not about sex but about sexuality”, “…not about scoring but about living…” and “Brims with so much fun and heartbreak” are but just a few of the reviews I read about it afterwards.
The writer/director, John Cameron Mitchell, casually takes the audience through about 10 people’s lives, ending the whole shabang with a Fellini-like carnival.
I warn you it is quite sexual and graphic but believe me it only SEEMS that way!