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  • Amir Steklov

Love Actually... Sucks! - (2011)

Director: Scud.

The film left me intrigued and somewhat conflicted. This daring film fearlessly dives into the intricate web of love, presenting an unapologetic portrayal of raw emotions and desires. What struck me was how director Scud cleverly incorporates nudity and sex, transcending mere gimmickry and using these elements to delve deeper into the characters' vulnerabilities. Similarly to his other films, this is his style, and he truly masters the use of nudity and sex in cinema.

However, the writing of the dialogues often feels forced and lacking in depth. There are moments when the characters' interactions come across as artificial, hindering the emotional connection that should have been established. I believe this might have happened because most professional actors refuse to be fully naked and engage in sex scenes on camera. As a result, Scud had to work with non-actors and porn performers who lack experience in dramatic acting.

Additionally, the low budget may have forced a rushed production, leaving little time for rehearsals. The cinematography also feels hurried, with many shots where the camera rests on a tripod at eye level, giving the film an amateurish look.

Despite its flaws, I still believe this film is worth watching. It offers a refreshing take on erotic cinema that avoids falling into pornographic gimmicks and unrealistic fantasies. I would recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the complexities of love and desire in a raw and unapologetic manner.

Verdict: 3 / 5 ★ - intriguing.

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