THERE IS NO SEXUAL RAPPORT
(Raphaël Siboni, France). 79 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: The “explicit sexual content” warning on There Is No Sexual Rapport is merely a not towards propriety; this French feature is constructed entirely of footage shot on the sets of the French hardcore pornographer who calls himself HPG. Straight, gay, poly – it’s all here, and the documentary presentation allows us to view it with a teeny bit of distance.
True to its title, There Is No Sexual Rapport aims to puncture the fiction that pornography is all about capturing hot, impulsive desire. Partners negotiate the terms of their intercourse and then get to it; men mechanically maintain their erections between takes; a young woman freaks out and has to be talked down after something unexpected happens during her first scene.
Those moments are intriguing, but most of it is just French people fucking. Apr 28, 8: 45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Apr 30, 10 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; May 5, 9 pm, Cumberland 3.
Two young African-American brothers, their best friend and their dog, Buttercup, lead the camera on an allnight trip through the city during Mardi Gras. Striking cinematography, killer music, local colour and intriguing asides allow the viewer to take in what it’s like to be scared, excited and alone in New Orleans as children.
The kids might only be talking about Michael Jackson, hot dogs and what to do in case of a bear attack, but the Ross brothers have made an urban documentary that never feels sorry for its subjects unless it has to. Apr 28, 9: 45 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; Apr 30, 4 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre; May 5, 10 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3.