It was a couple days ago when we watched The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee, and I just haven't been able to get it out of my mind. We said it in the review, but it needs to be said again: It's not just a great porno, but a great movie.
There are no words to describe New Sensations’ The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee (2014) …mostly because I was in tears by the time it was over – happy tears, hot (so hot) tears, tears that only come when something impacts you so significantly you’re almost bewildered.
It was like that.
Yeah, it is like that.
All of the movies in the Erotic Stories series—and I tend to include Torn myself, as well as The Temptation of Eve and The Submission of Emma Marx—have had great stories, but this one is even better. It's really quite incredible how we learn, through the movie, what exactly it is about Anna Lee's sexual desires that it is so hard for her to come to terms with. We're never told. We are shown and, to some extent, have to figure it out for ourselves. That's how really great storytelling is done, and Jacky St James is making it increasingly clear that she is a great storyteller.
It helps that the actors and actresses—and they do deserve to be called that, not just "performers" or "talent"—do such an incredible job. They are all great, but Xander Corvus stood out for me. In the scene of his that is a fantasy, he somehow manages to convey, at the very same time, his excitement about, but also his basic detachment from, what is happening. And, for his character, that is exactly right. How difficult is that?! And that is not to downplay Maddy O'Reilly's performance. In the last scene with Xander, the way she conveys her emotions at the beginning is stunning. After all these years, the sexual powerhouse that has been hidden inside her is going to get to come out and play, and she does an amazing job of letting us know how that feels.
Chauntelle says at the end of her review:
I will say no more. Instead, I will sit here with my wine and my tears and reflect upon what this film meant to me. I strongly suggest you do the same.
Yeah, it was like that.
I can't remember the last time any film affected me so deeply.