[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlahbaaJqog[/embed] If you are looking for a movie that takes a subtle approach to female sexuality, Below Her Mouth is not for you. This film takes an all-or-nothing approach to female empowerment and fully explores the journey of self-discovery.
The film is centered on Jasmine (Natalie Krill), a seemingly straight and engaged female discovering her sexuality with Dallas (Erika Linder), a troubled, detached female incapable of maintaining a relationship. It takes you from heartache to heartbreak and the entire spectrum of human emotion in between.
Below Her Mouth leaves nothing out and nothing to the imagination. It draws the viewer in emotionally with the love between Dallas and Jasmine. The raw emotion displayed in both these actresses is truly amazing. Linder is reminiscent of Kristen Stewart both in her appearance and her edgy, nonchalant acting style.
However, where the indie flick excels in emotional content, it lacks in plot development and character background. Dallas’s past is similar to many we’ve heard before: a mother who disapproves of her career choice and sexuality. Jasmine’s past is that of a suppressed female whose strict parents prevented her from exploring her sexuality fully. These stories have been portrayed many times before, in many different ways, and that lack of foundation takes away from the characters.
When I say the movie leaves nothing out, I am being very literal. This movie is definitely not PG. Below Her Mouth takes gratuitous sex to a whole new level. Sex in film has the ability to deepen character connection and create raw emotion, but Below Her Mouth loses this effect with non-stop full-on sex scenes.
Nevertheless, the heartbreak the movie creates leave you breathless. The actresses and actors have talent when it comes to portraying real emotion with their faces, expressions and body language. You forget that it is all pretend because it looks so genuine.
With an all-female cast (save for a few minor characters), Below Her Mouth makes a statement about females in film. It speaks to the underrepresentation of women in film and production. The movie was also produced by the female director April Mullen, and female executive producers and writers, proving that women have the ability to make their own voices heard in such a powerful way.
Below Her Mouth succeeds on many levels as an indie film and all elements, in the end, work together to create a truly unique experience.
This piece was edited by Luke Elisio, Film Editor of CanCulture.