August 17, 2013

Lovelace (2013)

Lovelace (2013)
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Country: USA

Review: “Lovelace”, the 8th collaboration between the former documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, was based on the real life of Linda Lovelace, a porn star who attained fame in 1972 with “Deep Throat”. Linda’s life can be followed from the moment that she got to know Chuck, who would become her abusive and exploiter husband. Coming from a strict religious family, Linda changed from embarrassed girl to desired porn celebrity, introduced into the pornographic industry just for Chuck’s profit. Some humor can be glimpsed once in a while, especially in the beginning, but Linda’s life was never depicted with enough depth, intensity, or total accuracy. I felt that the sentimental side of the story was explored in a silly way, failing to be provocative and assertive to make us care for its main character. Even considering that Linda had been a victim of violence, it seemed to me that the last part of the film tries to exculpate all that happened in her life by making us look at her as a completely innocent victim. Here is where the film truly failed by taking sides instead of leaving the question in the air. The film also makes reference of Linda’s book “Ordeal”, which according to her, served the purpose of helping other women fight similar type of exploitations. Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard’s performances were positive but incapable to save this film from being an ordinary biopic.

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