Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Muna is a Muslim dominatrix who has been spending her time going against the things her religion taught her. Now she believes she's hearing voices in her head, a djinn at that (kind of like Wishmaster..an evil force that tempts people towards..well..evil). Anyway, she gets in a cab, makes friends with the driver and then we've got a weird movie on our hands.
Is it good movie?
Well, this is a super weird, art-house indie flick that I don't really
mind telling you I didn't totally understand. I'm not much on the
extremely abstract, image-heavy "spiritual journey" sort of flicks and
this one just wasn't for me. It's loaded with lots of weirdness. There
are entire scenes dedicated to monologues, intercut with weird voice
modulation, strange effects and things like that. Of course, there's
lots of sexual stuff depicted too, but for every dominatrix scene,
you'll get a quick cut to someone knitting, or something equally weird
The movie is advertised as a "Psychosexual thriller" and I can't say I
really get it. Nothing really seems exciting to Muna in this movie.
She's supposed to be torn between two forces, trying to decide what's
right in her life but the whole thing comes off in a really dull
way. I will give credit by saying that the lack of professional
actors does give the film a certain sense of legitimacy in a way- it
can feel like a documentary at times, but it's so scattered that there
isn't much flow to any narrative. Manal Kara plays Muna and does a good
job, coming off quite believable. At least she's a realistic looking
person in a movie about sexual fantasies- nice to see that. She's
teamed in this one with Mary (Molly Plunk), her best pal and partner in
Molly's turns in a great performance as well, coming off very different
from Muna, giving her a totally different perspective, and providing a
bit of a negative influence as Muna is being pulled back and forth in
her journey to and from spirituality.
With all that said, the whole thing really didn't grab me much and I
had a hard time watching the whole thing in one sitting. The
performances are honest, but the journey Muna is on didn't feel very
conflicting, nor was the film really imbued with a sense of drama. The
question of religious doctrinarian against the world's pleasures of the
flesh is intriguing, I'm just not so sure this is the best package to
present it in. This is really for indie fans only.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.33:1 and looks grainy and washed
out. This isn't a particularly nice looking film.
Audio specs aren't listed, but
seem to be in 5.1 stereo,
The only real extra here is 20 minutes worth of unrated footage. If the glimpses of
porn weren't enough, this features a whole lot of dominating sex acts
(and other weird stuff) performed mostly on a bound up dude. Yes, bare
wieners are involved and this looks painful. Ow.
I will never, ever ever watch this movie again. It doesn't really
belong on our website, as it isn't really horror in any sense of the
word. As I mentioned before, some people might like this weird,
quick-cut, is-that-real sort of bizarre indie filmmaking (with plenty
of dull, painful looking sex acts). I'm not one of those people, but
different strokes for different folks.