Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
United Kingdom, 1998. Berwin and Dempsey, British Broadcasting Corporation, Pandora Cinema. Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Dorothy Berwin, Liz Bunton, Ceci Dempsey. Music by Ian MacPherson, Alfredo D. Troche. Production Design by Richard Bridgland. Costume Design by Annie Symons. Film Editing by Chris Blunden.
Often amusing examination of the nature of love and lust in modern British Singleton society. Leo () has just turned 30 and is invited by a friend to join a straight men’s therapy group led by . While there, he falls for a member of the ensemble ( ) and soon his feelings are reciprocated by the gentleman who finds himself willing to try new things.
Also added to the mix are the romance between Leo’s friend () and a real-estate salesman ( ) who enjoy sexual romps in the houses he is selling, and as Leo’s ex-girlfriend who turns up to show him a thing or two about female attractiveness.
It’s all about how true romance is enjoyed between kindred spirits, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and for the most part it succeeds in telling it convincingly, but despite being good fluff, it’s still just fluff.
The best bits are the Jane Austen-S&M Dream Sequence and a supporting role by Harriet Walteras Callow’s wife and head of a woman’s therapy group (“I love being a woman. Not because of you but because of me”).
Toronto International Film Festival: 1998