Writer-director John Cameron Mitchell?s Shortbus is the director?s brilliant follow-up to his edgy musical comedy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). This time, Mitchell has cast largely amateur and unknown actors as a group of lonely, sad people post-9/11 who are searching for sex and, ultimately, love. They all converge upon a nightly salon (hence the title), where games, orgies, conversations and art emerge from the miasma to form a sort of sexual underground that deserves to be above ground. Among the standouts in this terrific unknown cast are Sook-Yin Lee as Sofie, a sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, Lindsay Beamish as Severin, the melancholy dominatrix who takes polaroids and labels them in her spare time as an aspiring artist, and Justin Bond as?himself(?), the host and emcee of Shortbus. It?s a remarkably moving, funny and beautiful film to behold! Look for Mitchell in the orgy scene.


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