Concussion Sunday, 22 September 2019

Concussion

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Strong sexual content and some language.

  • The pitch:

    High class.

  • Starring:

    Robin Weigert, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Maggie Siff, Janel Moloney, Emily Kinney, Funda Duval, Claudine Ohayon, Jane Peterson, Kate Rogal, Laila Robins, Mayer Shapero, Micah Shapero

  • Directed by:

    Stacie Passon

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman is slapped, handled aggressively, hit by a baseball (accident not seen). Microwaving, killing child mentioned (bad dream). Blood/gore: Bleeding head, blood on clothing, blood on hands, bloody tissue. Inoculations (needles not seen entering skin). Bruising, scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Oral sex, masturbation, aggressive sex, bondage, orgasm, kissing, caressing, undressing, prostitution, infidelity. Exposed breasts, full female nudity (side and rear views). Multiple women in underwear, lingerie. Woman in shower/wearing towel. Several couples seen in bed together, engaging in intercourse. Swinging, sex acts discussed. Skimpy clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A junkie consumes an unidentified drug. Prescription pills consumed. Being high mentioned. Alcohol (wine).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for sex acts, orgasm, lesbians, prostitutes, disability. Actual terms for genitals. Gender, ageing stereotypes. Religious reference and exclamations. Parenting, marriage, lesbian, gender stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Prostitution, escorts, disillusionment, ageing, relationships, renovation, affluence, re-invention, sexual frustration, pimping, libido, fitness, swinging, infidelity, family, insecurity, fantasy, desire, marriage, motherhood, soccer moms, identity, secrets, triggers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Separation, custody, alimony, divorce mentioned. Hospital setting. Spider (photo), dog. Hamburger eaten. Vomiting. Paganism mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Bold, open, refreshing, frank, smart, nuanced, bracing, mysterious, ruthless, compassionate, rich, devastating, startling, assured, stylish, tasteful, fresh, exceptional, pleasurable, sex-positive, provocative, captivating. Impressive lead performance, observational tone, excellent script, sharp dialogue, keenly observed, captures the rhythms of daily life.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Vague ending, loses momentum toward end, some themes left unexplored.

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