Below Her Mouth is a refreshing feature film, screening at BFI Flare as part of the ‘Bodies’ programme, ‘Stories of sex, identity and transformation’.
Starring Erika Linder (one of the first female models to be cast as a male model) who plays androgynous Dallas, alongside Natalie Krill (Canadian actress and former dancer who has appeared in several films and television programmes such as ‘Orphan Black’) as Jasmine.
Below Her Mouth is a refreshing look at a sometimes mundane genre. Directed by April Mullen, written by Stephanie Fabrizi and produced by Melissa Coghlan; this film was made by an all female crew. The result is that the intimate scenes are more life like and you can tell that the actors feel comfortable baring all which allows us as viewers to immerse ourselves in these sexual and sensual scenes.
I watched the film in a packed out cinema and I can say that I have never felt so turned on in a public film screening. I found myself looking around the auditorium wondering if anyone could see my face getting redder and redder.
You will be forgiven for trying to compare it to 'Blue is the warmest colour' - as the sex scenes are definitely what stay in your mind - but these sex scenes are something you can actually attempt at home or find yourself rushing to the nearest sex shop to stock up on items you haven't got or need rather than the more 'heterosexualised lesbian sex offered by the male director for Blue is the Warmest Colour. Below Her Mouth is the best way to indulge in 94 minutes of extreme pleasure.
Not only this film had the one (who am I kidding, many) of the best lesbian sex scenes I have seen, just when you think it can't get better, something even sexier happens... consent!! Yes!! After Dallas drops her trousers and we see her strap on, she asks Jasmine if this is ok!
Another Planeteer Petit P spoke with several women about the film after the screening and many had noticed the same scene and were very impressed by it. Something that we can all agree hasn't been seen in many lesbian films, and certainly not in any "mainstream" lesbian films.
If you liked this review, please stay tuned for an interview with Melissa Coghlan (producer) and Stephanie Fabrizi (writer) with Planeteer Victoria Beverton.
Below Her Mouth will be available on UK Netflix from September 2017.
Below Her Mouth is a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer and Jasmine, a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives.
An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.