When Is Too Much Sex …. Too Much? Caroline Cao Reviews The New Film Unlovable!By Caroline Cao | June 25, 2018 | Entertainment
Sex can be appetizing, though in the case of a young 20-something woman, it is a tiresome pursuit of love – being loved for that matter.
In Unlovable, Rooftop Films has dishes out an endearing oddity about a taboo matter: A young woman’s sex and love addiction. In the starry night breeze of the William Vale Rooftop, Unlovable met a warm reception of applause.
Screenwriter Charlene deGuzman stars as her fictional alter-ego Joy, woman navigating the sludge of her relationship and her sex and love addiction. Her sexual pursuits led to a breakup and eviction, so she ends up joining a 12-step support group led by Maddie (Melissa Leo). Lodged her sponsor’s guest room, she forms a friendship with the shut-in brother of her 12-step meeting sponsor (John Hawkes), a connection that perhaps fit the definition of a “platonic comedy.” Through guitar strums and drum banging, they make music together, not necessary to impress the world but to find themselves.
At times, I worried it traversed into tasteless territory, but the film keeps low-key throughout, even in its more off-kilter moments. Bursting with zingers within the honesty, Unlovable is the opposite of its title. The chords are right.
Post-screening, deGuzman and Hawkes played the film’s music live, as if to let us know, yeah, their talent and camaraderie are not an onscreen fabrication.
Unlovable is a quirky piece indie, a vintage Duplass Brothers-produced project, directed by Suzi Yoonessi, who doesn’t shy away from the earnestness of womanhood and sexuality.
photo credit: Courtesy SXSW