Concussion Review

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Well-to-do housewife Abby (Weigert) is jolted from her lethargic luxury by a domestic accident. Looking beyond partner Kate (Lawrence) for stimulation, she sets herself up as an escort.


A suburban housewife secretly turns to high-class prostitution, but this is no Belle de Jour: Abby (Robin Weigert) is married to another woman. To all other extents her lifestyle is plodding, privileged and conventional — she only dares to escape after a blow to the head. After signing up to service everyone from bi-curious youngsters to middle-aged lesbians, Abby’s adventures are credible, characterful and occasionally erotic. There’s no moral judgment: this is
a cynical but absorbing exploration of a civilised corner of the sex trade, set in a milieu where intimacy is hard to find — especially at home.

Director Stacie Passion doesn't try to ape Buñuel’s surrealist twist on ennui in Belle Du Jour, instead crafting an enthralling, modern tale in which intimacy is a goal rarely achieved.