aGLIFF: Below Her Mouth
One of the boldest and sexiest dramas of the year, April Mullen's "Below Her Mouth" tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever. Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is a successful fashion editor living with her fiance, Rile (Sebastian Pigott). On a night out in the city with her best friend, she meets Dallas (Erika Linder), a roofer recently out of a relationship. Jasmine is taken by surprise when Dallas confidently hits on her; she turns Dallas down, but can't get her out of her head. Dallas continues her cool, self-assured advances. In a matter of days, Jasmine succumbs and the two women embark on a steamy affair. It feels like a fantasy world compared to Jasmine's life and plans with Rile, but soon reality rears its head, and she will have to face the profound changes their sudden romance has wrought in her. Stephanie Fabrizi's screenplay powerfully and honestly explores what happens when two women fall hard for each other, and Mullen brings the story to the screen with uninhibited flair and assurance, showing us how love can arise from some of the messiest times in our lives. "Below Her Mouth" is a rarity in more than one way: it's a fiction film shot with an entirely female crew, and it's an uncommonly frank look at the all-encompassing nature of attraction -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and the transcendendent.