Young People Fucking

BBB.5

(out of 5)

Alternate title:  YPF


Once you’ve ignored the provocative if unimaginative title (imagine Die Hard being called Fighting Bad Guys Alone In An Office Building), there’s much to be enjoyed in this delightful comedy about the mating game. Five couples in various stages of relationship, from first date to post-breakup, try to get through an evening of sexual intercourse without any speed bumps, and for the most part they fail. It isn’t the physical intercourse that interests director Martin Gero, though; for all the pretty faces and bodies on display (never gratuitously), the film is more concerned with the ability to communicate honestly when dealing with desire, and whether or not there is safety in full disclosure or if it’s better to play your cards close. The film has found itself at the centre of a heated debate in Canadian politics (including a content-ban bill), but anyone who actually bothers to watch it will appreciate its good-natured humour, exceptionally fine performances and forthright attitude towards its subject matter. Calling a movie obscene simply because it blatantly concerns itself with a topic that every other movie, television show and advertisement pretends to only include peripherally is pure idiocy, but if that is what it takes to sell tickets to a surprisingly good Canadian film, then bring on the prudes.


Canada, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , Martin Gero

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2007

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