Director John Cameron Mitchell delivers an unbridled look at the New York City underground, focusing on a group of hipsters who frequent a downtown club renowned for its lascivious ways. Through graphic polymorphous sexual couplings -- and using an ensemble cast composed largely of first-time actors -- the film chronicles each character's erotic journey of self-discovery in a raw and riveting fashion.I think en.Wikipedia does a much more thorough job of describing the plot. There are two main characters, Sofia, who is a straight, married sex therapist who has never had an orgasm and James, a gay former prostitute who is in an unsatisfying relationship. The movie follows the searching of these two individuals for meaning in life through sexual exploration and/or sexual maturation.
There was a lot of sex in the movie (uncensored and unsimulated) yet John Cameron Mitchell was able to use the sex in a way to explore and develop aspects of the characters and their suffering. Perhaps some of the pornographers who use the gay indie cinema veneer to get their works out might consider looking to this film as a way of using sex to tell a story versus shooting sex and calling it a story. (Jay Altarejos and Lex Bonife, for example, have done a good job of using sex strategically as a story telling device. Others, however, could use some work to move from simply appealing to prurient interest to making art.)