Tinder. Badoo. Match.com. While there are a lot of dating apps, dating was never as difficult as today. Don’t get started about meeting up in real life. For straight people, it’s a little easier than for homosexual people, lesbians or transgenders, which really shouldn’t be the case. Everyone deserves love. We can only imagine how difficult it must be for people with a disability such as Sarah (Angélique Bridoux), the leading lady in “Dressed for Pleasure”. This newest Marie de Maricourt (“Lick Us, “Meow, Meow!”) movie turns out to be an immensely unconventional but fascinating one in which a friendship turns into something more…edgy.
“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better. ” Well, that’s the least you can say from Sarah (Bridoux). Sadly Sarah is chairbound due to a disability and she seems very shy, introvert and reclusive. However, she might be calm, good and quiet on the outside, being bad is what’s going on in the inside.
Just like everyone else, she’s discovering her sexuality that comes with a lot of fantasies and imagination. Fantasies she’s keeping from her family. Her parents don’t know what to do anymore with their daughter because she doesn’t respond to any question, affection or love. They decide to hire Victoria (Naëlle Dariya), a new cleaner and carer. At first, Sarah and Victoria don’t get along very well but when a sexual secret of Victoria’s gets out, Sarah’s her world is completely turned upside down.
Not just turned upside down in a regular and conventional way but much edgier than that. We won’t spoil it for you but let’s say that “Dressed for Pleasure” makes the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy blush. It’s not every day you see this kind of film and especially not one involving a person with a disability. For that, we applaud Marie de Maricourt and her team. We don’t have to tell you that this film might not be for everyone but hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Especially when you get a movie like this instead.
Playing a character is never easy and especially when it involves exploring sexuality, darkest fantasies and desires. It came as a complete surprise that “Dressed for Pleasure” is the film debut of Angélique Bridoux. She exposes herself (in more than one way) as Sarah, the sweet and innocent angel who might be more devilish than at first sight. Sarah isn’t the only one with a secret. Victoria has one as well and this is very subtle but precisely portrayed by Naëlle Dariya. Who has seen other films from Dariya such as “Knife+Heart” and “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” already knows what to expect from this movie.
This unconventional, crazy but very intriguing film got its UK premiere during the Edinburgh Film Festival last year and on the 15th of January it will be screened at the London Short Film Festival as part of the “International: Generation Gap” section. “Dressed for pleasure” is about an unique friendship unravelling into something much edgier and darker and who doesn’t want to see that.
(This review was written as part of the London Short Film Festival)