September 22, 2015

XConfessions 1, from Erika Lust

★★★★½
Time: 1:49, Director: Erika Lust, Date: 2013
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
On the web: Official Site
Cast: Carol Vega (20yo), Christian Frei, Amber Nevada (23yo), Spansul Nawa, Miriam, Jorge, Carolina Abril (21yo), Coco de Mal (21yo), Armana Miller (23yo), Mario D, Xavi, Martin Mazza, Juan Lucho (25yo), Samia Duarte (26yo), Lulú Pretel, Bel Gris, José Casto, Sicilia (27yo), Sean, Selena Ak, Alex Roca, Bianca Resa (32yo), Frans Cuyàs, and Victor A
Source: Individual scenes downloaded as 1920×1080 MP4s from Lust Cinema

Review

Feminist porn legend Erika Lust created the XConfessions series in 2013. The idea was to solicit stories and fantasies from her fans, and then to choose two each month to make into a short film. It's an extremely sexy idea, leading, as the XConfessions website say, to "real films with real sex", something utterly different from "stereotypical cheap-porn imagery".

This DVD features the first ten of these short films. As you might imagine, then, there is great variation both in content and in quality.

As often with Erika Lust's movies, many of these scenes are as interesting intellectually as they are stimulating sexually, and there is often intense emotional content, as well. Lust does a wonderful job bringing the power of certain sorts of fantasies to the screen: bondage, in the second scene, for example, and pegging in the sixth. Our two favorites, though, are the last two. The ninth scene is hauntingly beautiful and horribly sad, so much so that it is almost not erotic. And the last scene is just stunning.

Note that we didn't bother to make specific remarks about the camera work in each scene. As always with Erika Lust's movies, it is excellent. She is without doubt one of the finest filmmakers working in porn today.

The XConfessions series won the 2014 Feminist Porn Award for Hottest Straight Vignette.

Scene 1: I Fucking Love IKEA (Carol Vega and Christian Frei, ⚤)

★★★★☆
Time: 15:22
Features: 69, Analingus
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀

She has gotten a bunch of stuff from IKEA, which he has to put together while she sits and sips a drink—and watches him, since she apparently finds doing so sexy. The IKEA catalog she is reading suddenly morphs into porn, and she starts fantasizing about her lover.

It's a hot fantasy, and it's nice how palpable her lust is. There is nice chemistry between them, too, but somehow the sex never feels that passionate, and the changes of position do not always feel natural. They do both seem to enjoy themselves, but she never seems terribly aroused, and never seems near orgasm. That seems odd, since this is clearly supposed to be her fantasy.

The blurb: "I'm a bitch, and I know it. I have a thing for IKEA (I know, it's weird) but making him buy and build stuff for me turns me on. I know he hates it, too. I relax and enjoy a drink while he sweats, never lifting a hand to help. And that's not all, I also like to tease him, but there's no reward until the job is done."

Synopsis

She takes off her top and starts stroking herself, then walks over to him, lowers his pants, and sucks his cock while reaching between her legs. He lies her on the table he is constructing and goes down on her. He then stands up and enters her, her bikini bottoms still around her thighs. He then lies on the ground, and she squats over him and fucks him. He sits up with her and holds her, and then she leans back on her hands.

They rest a bit, and he rolls them over so they are on their sides, face to face. (For some reason, this is a very unusual position in porn, so it is nice to see.) He rolls them over a bit more, so she is on her back, and he lies over her and kisses her.

They get into a 69, with her atop him, and then she stands up and leans over a chair so he can fuck her from behind. She stands up with him, and he reaches around and rubs her pussy. They switch to spooning, and then she lies on her stomach as he kneels behind her, his legs outside hers. He pulls out and cums on her ass.

Scene 2: Hold Me So Tight It Hurts (Amber Nevada and Spansul Nawa, ⚤ + ♀)

★★★★½
Time: 6:35
Features: Bondage, Orgasm
Pleasure ♀, Balance ♀

She is standing, naked and stroking her body, and her lover appers and starts to bind her elaborately with red rope. He leaves one hand free, and she then sits on the floor and masturbates, cumming at about 5:00. And then suddenly the cords disappear, though the marks remain.

It's a beautifully shot scene that again melds elements of reality and fantasy. Our interpretation, such as it is, is that this is really her fantasy of being bound.

The blurb: "I can't get over my bondage fetish, it is the only thing that really turns me on. A lot of people don't understand it, especially boyfriends. It's not about being dominated, or restrained, or uncomfortable or vulnerable. To me, the ties feel like an embrace. I experience more passion from the sensations of the cords gripping my flesh than most people do touching body-to-body. Even when I masturbate, I like to be tied or have to imagine that I am."

Scene 3: I ama veryy badx secvretary (Miriam and Jorge, ⚤)

★★★★½
Time: 12:34
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

The blurb: "In this confession, real couple Miriam and Jorge play a delicious sex game where she is his secretary for the night and suffers erotic punishment for every typing mistake she makes: 'Tom is tearig opehn a condom wrapp. Noiw his cock is up agianst mypussy. The hwead s pressingg against my cuynt. a i can feel hiom working hijmself into me. Tom is annoy;ed at al the spoelling mistajkes i am making. I ama veryy badx secvretary.'"

This is a really sexy scene. It really is "a delicious sex game", and it's amazing how seeing what she is typing gives you a window into what she is thinking. Other than his teasing her, however, there is no "erotic punishment", so far as we can see, and they don't use a condom. So the blurb doesn't fit the scene. But who cares? It's hot, and they really seem to enjoy themselves.

Synopsis

She is typing at a desk, and he comes up behind her and tries to distract her by kissing her neck, lowering her top, and stroking and sucking her tits. He spreads her legs and strokes her pussy as she tries to keep typing, then pushes her panties aside and fingers her. She tries to keep typing, but starts to make mistakes, which he has apparently warned her not to do. He leans over and licks her pussy, then stands up and undoes his pants. She reaches over and strokes his cock, then leans over and sucks him, reaching down and rubbing her pussy as she does.

She stands up, and he kneels behind her and slowly lowers her panties. He kisses her ass, then stands up and enters her from behind, fucking her slowly. He pulls out and re-enters her over and over as she looks back at him, then starts to fuck her firmly but slowly.

She sits on her desk, lying back and spreading her legs as he stands in front of her. She reaches down and rubs her clit as he fucks her. He pulls out and cums on her stomach.

Scene 4: My First Time Eating Oysters...and Pussy (Carolina Abril and Coco de Mal, ⚢)

★★★★☆
Time: 11:54
Features: 69, Female Ejaculation, Orgasm
Passion ✓, Balance ♀

In this vignette, two women make soft, sensual love on the floor. The scene features one of them rubbing an ice cube on the other; squeezing a lemon onto her body; and, as promised, oysters and cunnilingus. The scene finishes with them sitting next to each other and reaching over to masturbate each other. One of them cums, and then the other masturbates herself until she squirts three or four times.

It is beautifully shot, and a pleasure to watch. But we found the sex to be a bit too soft and slow, and lacking in passion, though it does get better in that respect toward the end, and they obviously enjoy themselves.

The blurb: "In this installation, a woman recounts her sensual first encounter eating rich aphrodisiacs and making love with another woman: 'I thought she was everything attractive in a person—smart, funny, a bit evil, and a showoff with great boobs. Best of all, she was a lesbian. She called me the next weekend and invited me over for dinner at her house. Well...we never got past the hors d'oeuvres. We stopped filling our mouths with rich food, and paid attention to our bodies instead. Sucking, licking, stroking and devouring each other right there on the patio in the breezy summer afternoon.'"

Scene 5: Sit Down, Shut Up, and Watch (Armana Miller, Mario D, and Xavi, ⚤)

★★★★½
Time: 8:08
Features: Orgasm

He sits on the bed, and his wife emerges and blindfolds him with his tie, then whipsers in his ear and leads him to another room, where she sits him down, unblindfolds him, and reveals another guy on the couch, with whom she proceeds to have sex while her husband watches.

It's a hot fantasy, and the sex is passionate. And, once again, it's engaging on an intellectual level, as well as sexy. It's very unclear what is fantasy here and what is reality, and different people may have different ideas about this.

The blurb: "I want to watch someone fuck my wife. I want to sit at the end of the bed in silence as she takes his dick in her mouth. I want to be quiet and detached. I will not say a word, I won't even touch myself. I will watch my wife do things I have never seen her do before and make noises I have never heard and see a look in her eye that I have never seen before, but I will not say a word. This would be such an incredible turn on..."

Synopsis

She takes her husband's tie and puts it on her new lover, sitting on his lap and removing her shirt and dress. He fingers her and goes down on her, and she pushes him back, unbuttons his jeans, and licks his cock through his shorts, then pulls it out and sucks him. She puts a condom on him, then lies on the couch, and he kneels over her and enters her.

Her lover disappears, and she sits up on the edge of the couch and masturbates, cumming at about 7:00.

Scene 6: I Pegged My Boyfriend (Martin Mazza and Coco de Mal, ⚤)

★★★★½
Time: 14:39
Features: Analingus, Ass to Mouth, Strap On
Passion ♀, Balance ♀

The blurb: "When anonymous XConfessions user Moni met her boyfriend at work, little did she know he would be the perfect sexual match for her: 'Our first few nights together were spent exploring each others bodies. But on the third night, we couldn't resist trying the newly purchased strap-on. I felt nothing but raw desire as I moved hips and slid into him. I think there is no greater joy than to see your partner enjoying himself so wildly. Soon, he begged to go faster and harder; our needs joined to make the best fucking there is.'"

It's a sexy premise, and overall the scene is terrific. But we did think that the initial sequence, where he sucks her cock, went on too long, without enough variation. And we would have appreciated a little verbal communication between them—though it probably would have been in Spanish, which wouldn't have helped us very much.

Synopsis

He is sitting on a bed, and she walks over to him and puts her foot in his lap. He kisses her leg, and she leans over to kiss him. She gets behind him and kisses him while reaching over to stroke his cock, then blindfolds him with a scarf. She goes over to a drawer and takes out a dildo, then lifts her dress and puts it into the harness she is already wearing.

She walks over to him and sticks the cock into his face, which seems to surprise him. Tentatively, he licks it and takes it into his mouth, then starts to suck it with a bit more enthusiasm. She then gets on her knees and undoes his pants, then sucks his cock briefly.

She turns him around, bends him over, and licks his ass, then stands up and enters him. He reaches back and starts playing with his cock, and she pulls him up with her, removes his jacket, and lies back on the bed. He straddles her, reverse, and lowers himself onto her cock, bouncing on it as he holds his cock at the root.

They disengage, and he squats on the floor and sucks her cock while masturbating. He cums on himself.

Scene 7: Sadistic Trainer (Juan Lucho, Samia Duarte, Lulú Pretel, Bel Gris, José Casto, Sicilia, Sean, Carol Vega, Selena Ak, Alex Roca, Bianca Resa, and Frans Cuyàs, ⚤⚢++)

★★★☆☆
Time: 13:06
Features: Orgasm

The "sadistic trainer" is working his class to death, so they tie him up with various bits of exercise equipment and have group sex in front of him.

We thought the initial sequence, which features the group exercising, getting tired, etc, when on a bit too long, and we didn't find the sex that sexy. It's just not very passionate, and it is hard to connect with any of the characters when there are so many of them. Maybe this sort of group sex is just not our thing....

The blurb: "My friend takes me to these new crossfit classes at the gym. Pro: everyone in the class is totally hot. Con: it's so fucking hard and the trainer is an asshole! I want to get in shape, and it is a good workout. So when it gets too hard and I feel that I can't do any more, I fantasize about tying the trainer up, stripping down with my other class-mates and fucking in front of him. The workout is finished and I have a smile on my face thinking about torturing the sadistic trainer!"

Scene 8: A Blowjob Is Always a Great Last Minute Gift Idea (Victor A, ♂)

U☆N☆R
Time: 3:20

A bit of a lark, this scene features a guy sitting on a bench in a park, reading Mishima's Decay of the Angel (in Spanish, of course) and blowing a candy cock on a stick.

The blurb: "Inspired by an original confession, Lust presents a vision of taboo sensuality thanks to the talented Víctor, and the delicious artisan Candy Cock by Papabubble—which does indeed make a great last-minute gift!"

Scene 9: Obsessed (Sicilia and Sean, ⚤)

★★★★½
Time: 9:30
Features: Footjob
Balance ♀

The blurb: "A haunting and beautiful vignette, this piece was inspired by the confession of a man who would give anything to have his lover back again: 'She is gone, but I still want her. I want every inch of her beautiful body. Her white velvet skin, the taste of her tongue, the smell of her hair, the way she fit into my arms, the ecstasy she gave me. Three years later and I'm not over her, or the sex that we had. All I have are her home videos, which I watch more and more these days. I miss you Anna.'"

In the vignette itself, he makes love to her again, while her videos play on the walls of the room. It is indeed beautiful how it is shot, but there is a sadness to the sex that, though fitting, is not particularly erotic. But perhaps this scene is not really meant to be erotic. It is a great scene, anyway.

Synopsis

He sits on the couch in his underwear, and she walks slowly to him, in nothing but panties, then gets on the couch with him and straddles his lap. He sucks her tits as she reaches back to rub his cock, and then she lies on the couch as he kneels over her and humps her. He rises up, and she pulls down his underwear and sucks his cock. She wriggles out of her panties, and he enters her, fucking her slowly, then more firmly.

He pulls out of her, and she strokes his cock with her feet. He then lies on the couch, and she leans over him, kissing his chest and making her way to his cock. She sucks him again, and then he eats her as she squats over him, leaning back on her hands.

They fuck again, missionary, and he starts to thrust fast in and out of her. He pulls out, and she strokes him as he cums on her stomach.

What happens next you will have to see for yourself.

Scene 10: Let's Make a Porno (Selena Ak and Alex Roca, ⚤)

★★★★★
Time: 13:28
Features: 96, Orgasm
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

A couple have sex in front of the camera. The first three minutes show us the preparation for the shoot. The rest is the film as edited, interspersed with shots of the shoot itself. It's an odd mix—the eroticism of their lovemaking and the very unerotic mechanics of the shoot.

In many ways it is more interesting, intellectually, than it is stimulating, which is not to say it isn't arousing. But it is much more than that. It is stunning.

The dialog here is all in Spanish, which we do not understand, but the feeling of the scene seemed to be what mattered most. We did not think we missed much, not being able to understand the directions being given to the performers. It was clear enough what kind of thing was being said.

The blurb: "I confess that I'd love to perform sex for the camera. But not just my boyfriend's little mobile camera, I want the real deal...a porn movie. I want to feel the heat of the lights, the crew watching and getting excited, I imagine the audience masturbating with my scene... And then I want to end up on Pornhub for millions to enjoy."

Synopsis

They are lying on the bed, embracing and asleep, then wake lazily and get up for breakfast, then go back to bed. She lies over him, kissing him, and stroking him through his shorts. They sit up and continue to kiss, and he rolls her onto her back, lifts her top, and sucks her tits.

He gets between her legs and goes down on her, then lies next to her and kisses her, and then they move into a 69, with him on top of her. They start fucking with her on her back, and her legs raised and pulled back, then switch so she is on top of him, then back to missionary. She reaches down and rubs her clit, and she cums at about 9:20.

He pulls out of her, and she grabs a bottle of water and has a drink, and then they go back to fucking. He cums inside her and collapses on top of her.

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