Time: 1:58, Director: Justine Mii, Date: 2012
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
On the web: IAFD
Source: 1280×738 MP4s downloaded from the Lust Cinema website
Pleasure ♀-, Passion ♀-, Balance ♀-
A series of five vignettes, mostly focused on various forms of light BDSM. There is unifying theme of sorts, namely, that all of these scenes, in one way or another, involve an "Executive Relief Consultant" who acts as narrator. But there isn't really a story here.
This was the first movie from Joy Bear that we watched, and to be honest we found it a bit disappointing. This particular movie won the 2013 Feminist Porn Award for Most Sensual Softcore Movie. We're not at all sure what they mean by "softcore"; this is not a "softcore" movie in any sense we understand. But whatever it is, we didn't like the movie nearly as much as the judges at the FPA did.
There are good things about the movie, to be sure. The fourth scene, in particular, with Paige Turnah and Peter Oh Tool is terrific.
But the other scenes are not nearly so good. The third scene, which is a threesome with Avril Sun, Hannah Shaw, and Demetri XXX, was very disappointing, and felt somewhat awkward. The other three were not that bad, but the sex just never seemed very passionate, and the women generally did not seem very aroused. There are very few female orgasms here, from what we could tell.
A bigger problem is the camera work, which is not particularly good in any of the five scenes. It is best in the fourth, but in the other scenes, many of the angles are pornish, and the male performer is often out of frame, especially once they start fucking.
This movie is available both from the JoyBear subscription site and from the Lust Cinema site.
Scene 1: Taking Charge (Cathy Heaven and Peter Oh Tool, ♀♂)
Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Ass
Features: Deepthroat, Spanking
Pleasure ♀, Passion ✓, Balance ✓
Keith (Peter Oh Tool) has been asked by his neighbor (Cathy Heaven) to "pop by and be a bit dominant". So he does, but she really has to encourage him, and even to take the paddle and slap her own ass first, then to demand that he do it harder. None of the spanking here is ever very hard, but there are a couple slaps to her pussy that must have stung.
The sex is reasonably natural, but it did not feel as passionate to us as we would have liked. She also does not seem terribly aroused through most of the scene, though she certainly does not seem to be going through the motions, either.
The camera work here is very good at the beginning. She is more the focus than he is, but we do see a lot of him. Once they start fucking though, as so often, we start to lose him. He is very often out of frame during these sequences. There are also more "meat shots" when they are fucking than we like. But there are some very interesting shots, as well, in a mirror, that help maintain the visual interest of the scene. So the camera work is better than in "typical" porn, but we would have preferred more variation, and more creativity.
Scene 2: The Mistress & the Barrister (Samantha Bentley and Tiffany Doll, ♀♀)
Female Orgasm: Maybe
Features: Dildo, Spanking, Tribadism
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
Samantha is a barrister (a kind of lawyer) who is in need of "regular service" and so is a client of Tiffany, who is the wife of our narrator. Tiffany spanks Samantha with a crop—this spanking is quite a bit more serious than in the first scene—after which they have sex. There is a bit more light sensation play, as well, with Tiffany slapping Samantha's tits and pulling on her nipples.
The sex is fairly natural, and the women seem reasonably attracted to each other. But there isn't as much passion as we would have liked, and neither of the women seems to be all that aroused through most of the scene. Toward the end, though, Samantha does become very aroused, and she may cum while Tiffany fucks her with a dildo.
The camera work here is pretty good. Most of time, the angle is fairly wide, so we are able to see the pleasure on the women's faces. But the camera tends to be a bit more static than we would prefer.
Scene 3: Well Tipped (Avril Sun, Hannah Shaw, and Demetri XXX, ♀♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓
He is the professional this time, paying a visit to a pair of female clients. Avril gets a light spanking, and then the three of them have sex. The spanking this time really is very light, and it does not last long at all.
What story there is suggests that these are two friends who are sharing a hired dick. And, amazingly, it actually does have that feel for a while. The two women seem as focused on each other, at the begining of the scene, as they are on him. But once they start fucking, it's as if the woman not fucking isn't quite sure what to do with herself, and the whole thing feels a bit awkward. We'd hate to think this was "pay for gay", but it does almost seem that way at times. Neither of the women really seem all that aroused through the scene.
The camera work is better than in the first scene, though it has many of the same issues. There are a few editing snafus here, as well. Whey they start fucking, for example, she still has her top fully on, and then when the shot changes, it is around her waist. Not a big deal, but enough to be distracting.
Scene 4: The Timid Bookworm (Paige Turnah and Peter Oh Tool, ♀♂)
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
She is apparently somewhat shy, and has been unable to "pluck up the courage" to talk to Keith (Peter Oh Tool, from the first scene). But she overcomes her fear while they are at the booksore—she, at least, seems to work there—and she closes the shop and more or less "attacks" him.
We very much liked her passion in this scene. It is very much about what she wants. The whole thing has a very spontaneous feel, too, completely appropriate to the little story that frames it, and both of them seem really into what they are doing. She, in particular, seems genuinely aroused almost from the beginning, and very much to enjoy herself, although she never does quite have the orgasm she seems to be trying to have.
He cums in her mouth at the end of the scene, but she makes it clear that that is what she wants him to do.
The camera work is better in this scene than in the earlier four. It has a much more natural feel, perhaps because the cramped quarters make for some interesting shots. Still, the camera is again somewhat static, and the cramped quarters also seem to make it hard to show very much of either of their bodies when they are in certain positions, especially when they are spooning.
Scene 5: Surprise Anniversary (Tiffany Doll and Seth Strong, ♀♂)
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
Our narrator has apparently forgotten about his five-year anniversary, but his wife hasn't, so when he arrives home, she is wearing nothing but thigh-high boots and is holding a crop. She never actually uses it, though, which seemed strange, given the rest of the story. What she does do is tie him to a chair and blindfold him, though not for very long.
The sex is natural and reasonably passionate, especially at the beginning, and both of them seem to enjoy themselves a good deal. But somehow the scene never really seems to take off, and the sex feels more and more routine as the scene continues. The ending—he cums in her mouth—doesn't feel particularly pornish, though, but like something they both enjoy.
There is pretty good chemistry between them, too. We wouldn't have minded a bit more indication, during the sex, though, that this is a couple celebrating an anniversary. They never talk to each other.
The camera work here is better, once again, than in the first and third scenes. There are still more "meat shots" than we would prefer, and he is out of frame when they are fucking about half the time, but that is better than most of the time, and there are also some great shots of them kissing while they fuck.