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Amanda Seyfried stars in this biopic based on the life of the eponymous '70s porn star. A year after an unplanned pregnancy forces her to move back into her parents Florida home, 19-year-old Linda Boreman (Seyfried) falls under the spell of manipulative local bar owner Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), and ends up marrying him shortly after. Traynor, however, quick to exploit an opportunity, soon produces a private film of Linda performing various sex acts that comes to the attention of porn director Gerry Damiano (Hank Azaria). Liking what he sees, the director immediately casts her, now under her new stage name of Linda Lovelace, in his latest release, 'Deep Throat'. But although the film becomes the most successful porn movie in history, Linda soon realises that she has become a pawn in the game, as she begins to suffer increasingly violent abuse and exploitation at the hands of her husband.
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Having been a poster girl for icon for an era of sexual liberation, Linda Lovelace wrote in her autobiography that she was forced into making pornography at gun point, being regularly threatened and beaten by her then husband, played by Peter Sarsgaard (and oh dear, can he play a psychopath!).
Seyfried said the project was the riskiest thing that she did and could had ruined her career. But I thought the film was excellently done, it felt like a good drama, a nail-biting thriller, and it even had Mr Big in it (ladies, you get my reference). And, for such a difficult and controversial subject, the film is surprisingly watchable, catching on the empathy and compassion of the viewer - I certainly felt for Ms Lovelace. Seyfried blossoms on screen portraying a complex character.
Despite a somewhat weak ending, I still give the film 5 stars.
P.S. I almost missed Sharon Stone in there! I guess my attention was compromised as I was watching Amanda Seyfried, who gives an extraordinary performance!
Amanda Seyfried skilfully captures this vulnerability as Linda Marchiano, who drifts briefly into the world of adult movies with the arm of her pimp-husband, Chuck Traynor (an exquisitely sinister Peter Sarsgaard), locked firmly around her shoulder. Behind closed doors he's a careful physical abuser, slowly destroying his product, controlling her, but never ruining her. When Linda seeks solace in her parents (moving turns from Robert Patrick and an unrecognisable Sharon Stone), she's met with generationally anachronistic indifference: It's the socially expected thing to stick by your man.
Lovelace is at its best and most insightful in these domestic scenes, especially those with her chilling mother, who's as bleary-eyed and scary as the kitchen ghost in M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense. It's here, far from grubby porn sets, that the emotional core of the film is found, in all its savagery and tenderness. By contrast, the coke-fuelled parties and cigar-chomping business meetings seem flat, and bordering on stereotype, however well-observed their 70s production design.
The film sidesteps the A to B to C chronology malaise of many a biopic by returning to the start of the story halfway through, and replaying it from Linda's perspective. Suddenly, the sound of aggressive lovemaking is revealed to be a horrendous violent assault. We are in grey territory now, in the borderland between passion as romantic agony and passion as suffering.Read more ›
theme. Impossible to take your eyes off of it if you can stand the way Linda was treated by the swine who controlled her. Knew she had it difficult in her life but never imagined this. If you can stand the way she was treated and traded then I can only highly
recommend this offering. Well worth the asking price.
Amanda Seyfried really is a revelation; I don't know how to put it better. Every emotion is believable, and she makes you love her character. She's a truly wonderful, versatile actress who I have enjoyed watching across genres, and I am happy to say that she has pulled off a tricky performance as the infamous porn star as easily as she would any rom-com lead. She shines particularly towards the end of the film, when she is playing the broken woman at the end of a horrifically abusive marriage. As for Sarsgaard, he deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance as Traynor. Despite the film mainly casting him as a pantomime villain, he adds depth to the character and rounds him out a little. Even though it's clear his character is a 'baddie', he's human and never two dimensional.
The scenes with Linda's parents were possibly the most compelling parts of the film. Her mother's cold demeanour towards her, and her 'stand by your man' attitude that we as an audience find so repellent, are all too realistic, and make Linda's emotional decline all the more heartbreaking. For me, the scene in which her father tells her that he has watched her movie and had to walk out of the theatre was one of the saddest in any movie I've scene, and I was choking back tears during Robert Patrick's subtle but beautiful performance.
I also enjoyed the narrative technique; we see the same events twice in the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A somewhat shallow representation of the Deep Throat story, but rather it portrays the life that Linda Lovelace was subject to in a very narrow manner.Published 9 days ago by Stave
A honest, although abridged, biopic about Linda Lovelace and her experiences in the adult entertainment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hariolo dos Santos Araujo