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Concussion

Rated R 96 minutes 2013

A chic interior designer (Robin Weigert), conked on the head when her son throws a ball at her, begins to peel away from her settled home life with a longtime domestic partner (Julie Fain Lawrence), secretly becoming a lesbian prostitute and enjoying steamy sex in a spare, elegant loft. Writer-director Stacie Passon says this indie feature was inspired by her own experience getting beaned by a ball, and apparently while recuperating she watched Belle de Jour over and over. Weigert gives a vivid performance as the discombobulated heroine, and the various johns—or janes, I guess—are quirky enough to make this a watchable exercise in irony and soft-core porn. Unfortunately, Passon can't seem to figure out her own protagonist; there are plenty of sexual climaxes here but not much of a narrative one.

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