Jasmine (Natalie Krill) and Dallas (Erika Linder) are two very complex people who fall in love. They do so despite Jasmine’s engagement and the aversion Dallas has to intimacy. “I think it might be different with you.”, Dallas tells Jasmine when they first meet, and it sounds like a line, and maybe Dallas even means it that way at first, but the statement turns out to be true.
The two lovers are described to us through a series of scenes each of which highlights a particular aspect of Jasmine or Dallas. We are spared the mundane, and are shown only the important bits. Jasmine paints her fiancé’s nails while he is asleep. A discouraged Dallas gets a lapdance from M.J. the stripper. There is a fascinating little vignette at the place where Jasmine works, in which a model (Jocelyn Hudon) refuses on principle to work with fur. (Jasmine assures the model that the fur is faux, but when asked afterward by a co-worker if that was true, her response is: “It worked, didn’t it?”)
On the Island Ferry, Dallas describes childhood memories. “I liked the rain,” she says, “even though I wasn’t allowed to play in it.” After the ferry ride, Jasmine talks about her first love. “You remind me of her,” Jasmine tells Dallas. They ride the carousel together.
Three very important and memorable scenes take place in or near Jasmine’s antique bathtub. No description here could possibly do them justice.
Dallas has an ex, Joslyn (Mayko Nguyen), who’s still in love with her, and a best friend, the self-centered Quinn (Tommie-Amber Pirie), who is pretty much Joslyn’s opposite. It is Linder’s interaction with Nugyen in the film’s opening scene that whets our appetite for more of Dallas.
Erika Linder’s nuanced and subtle performance opposite the aggressively emotive Natalie Krill is beautiful to watch. The two actors compliment each other perfectly, and their chemistry is explosive. Amazingly this is Linder’s film debut. She’s a natural.
When the lovers are apart, the scenery is sharp and clear. When they are together, there is nothing but the two of them and everything else fades into obscurity. One becomes quickly invested in the success of their relationship. BELOW HER MOUTH is a feast for the eyes. Jasmine and Dallas are interesting people.
Natalie Krill (Jasmine) will be Winston in MOLLY’S GAME, a film based on a book with a rather long title: Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. It is about Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a young skier and former Olympic hopeful who becomes the target of an FBI investigation when she operates a high-stakes international poker game, and unknowingly becomes involved with the Russian mob. Rachel Skarsten also appears in the film, which should be released later this year. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Daniela Barbosa (Desirée) is Haley in FLATLINERS, a sort of continuation of the 1990 Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Kiefer Sutherland‘s character Nelson, having assembled a new batch of cooperative medical students, resumes his investigations into the afterlife, and encounters (most likely) similar dangers and difficulties. Sutherland told Movieweb, “It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.” A trailer is available on YouTube. Filmed in Toronto, FLATLINERS will have its US release on 29 September.
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