TIFF 2006 Day 4: Shortbus

ShortbusShortbus is probably the most controversial (sexually) film screening at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The sex is explicit and real but unfortunately most of it is gay sex.

The main female character is played by Sook-Yin Lee who is not pretty IMO. I also personally dislike her from her days as a VJ. Her boobs are small and kinda saggy and she has a very hairy bush. When we first see Sook-Yin, she is getting eaten out by her husband in the opening montage. She is naked but we don’t see anything explicit. Then there are a couple of cuts to different angles and positions of them having sex and we can see real penetration in several shots. The film cuts away to the other characters and when it comes back to Sook-Yin, we see her give her husband a handjob first, and then a blowjob. The blowjob is shot from behind however. Then we see some more of them having sex.

Sook-Yin also has a couple of masturbation scenes. The first is with various toys and we might be able to see some penetration. Later we see Sook-Yin masturbate in an isolation tank. She is wearing shorts though so we only see glimpses of her hairy bush. Then near the end Sook-Yin masturbates on a park bench. There may be a couple of explicit shots there but it is very quick. You can not see her breasts in any of these except for the first where she is wearing a babydoll that is see-through.

The other major female character is played by Lindsay Beamish. She wears a couple of revealing outfits but doesn’t get naked or do anything explicit. There may have been a nipple slip in a scene whtere Lindsay is riding Sook-Yin Lee but it is doubtful.

Lastly, there is lots of explicit nudity during the orgy scenes at the Shortbus club. Again, lots of gay sex is shown. They did focus on one younger hetero couple however. The woman is played by Shanti Carson and we see her having sex doggy style and missionary if I remember correctly. There was also a couple of shots of some fat dancers dancing on the stage with only tassels on. Thankfully they were out of focus shots.

On Day 3 of the festival I saw Woman on the Beach, and just my luck, it is Hong Sang-soo’s only film to be rated 15 instead of 18. All of his other films (The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well, The Power of Kangwon Province, Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, On the Occassion of Remembering the Turning Gate, Woman is the Future of Man and Tale of Cinema) featured nudity. So hopefully this is just an anomaly and not the start of a trend.

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gay sex from John Cameron Mitchell? no way! Just kidding, that's to be surprised hehe 🙂