Below Her Mouth
|Below Her Mouth|
|Directed by||April Mullen|
|Produced by||Melissa Coghlan|
|Written by||Stephanie Fabrizi|
Serendipity Point Films
|Distributed by||Gunpowder & Sky|
Below Her Mouth is a 2016 Canadian erotic romantic drama film directed by April Mullen and written by Stephanie Fabrizi. The film stars Natalie Krill as Jasmine and Erika Linder as Dallas, two women in Toronto who meet and begin a passionate lesbian love affair. The cast also includes Tommie-Amber Pirie, Mayko Nguyen, Elise Bauman, Melanie Leishman and Sebastian Pigott. The film was shot in Toronto over a period of three and a half weeks in 2015 with an all-female production crew, and subsequently premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a simultaneous release on April 28, 2017.
Below Her Mouth premiered in the United States on April 28, 2017.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 22% based on reviews from 23 critics, with an average rating of 4.8/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, it received an average score of 42 out of 100, based on 9 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "mixed or average".
Diego Semerene of Slant Magazine gave the film 0.5 stars out of 4, writing, "The film is an unquestionably pornographic fantasy barely trying to pass as something other than masturbation material." He added, "Below Her Mouth's stiff acting and dialogue suggest a misguided Blue Is the Warmest Color influence reduced to the sexy aesthetics of lesbian sex but completely oblivious to that which actually animates the film's impossibly beautiful, unbearably smooth, and perpetually horny bodies." Guy Lodge of Variety described it as "a sexually frank but narratively flimsy girl-meets-girl romance that never gets under its gorgeous characters' amply exposed skin." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it "an undeniably steamy effort that delivers plenty of heat in its sex scenes, while falling significantly short in dramatic terms." Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times said: "Despite the female filmmakers at the helm, the film treads into exploitative territory, with the ratio of screen time given to writhing female bodies far outweighing that given to their unique experiences as gay or closeted women in the world." Jude Dry of Indiewire wrote: "What, exactly, is below her mouth? Her chin? Her body? Her entire mind and spirit? It's a fittingly ambiguous title for a directionless film, late night fare that will be enjoyed by just as many horny men as horny teenage lesbians."
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- "A few good women: All-female crew a natural fit for provocative indie drama that offers 'honest, simple' perspective of two Toronto women who fall in love". Toronto Star. December 10, 2015.
- "TIFF unveils its lineup of Canadian films: Toronto-shot love story Below Her Mouth used an all-female crew". Toronto Star, August 4, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (March 9, 2017). "Lesbian Romance 'Below Her Mouth' Gets Release Date From Gunpowder & Sky (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- "Below Her Mouth". instantwatcher.com. 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- "Below Her Mouth". What's New on Netflix USA. 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- "Below Her Mouth". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Below Her Mouth". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- Semerene, Diego (25 April 2017). "Below Her Mouth". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- Lodge, Guy (27 April 2017). "Film Review: 'Below Her Mouth'". Variety. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- Scheck, Frank (28 April 2017). "'Below Her Mouth': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- Walsh, Katie (April 27, 2017). "Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- Dry, Jude (May 4, 2017). "'Below Her Mouth' Is What Lesbian Porn Would Look Like If It Were Actually Made By Lesbians — Review". Indiewire. Retrieved August 30, 2017.