Oscilloscope Labs FOUR LOVERS Is On Demand Before TheatersFebruary 02, 2012
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: FOUR LOVERS (Oscilloscope Labs).
By Amy Slotnick
Ever wish there was a way to inject a solid, long-term relationship with the sexual hunger of a new lover? Or fantasize about having a passionate affair without sneaking around and potentially betraying the trust of your spouse? That is exactly what two couples explore in FOUR LOVERS, a couple-swap French film now available On Demand before a theatrical run.
It initially seems to happen so easily. Work colleagues, Rachel and Vincent, go out along with their spouses, Franck and Teri. The two couples become fast friends and a sexual energy soon emerges. There is little attempt to hide it, except from their kids, and soon each couple has swapped partners, regularly meeting for dinner parties, weekends away and private rendezvous’ for lovemaking.
While having a new lover intoxicates each character, they also each maintain an equal commitment to their marriages. Surprisingly, the partner swap also seems to renew the passion of the married relationships.
Although at first it might seem ideal, complications eventually arise. As the film progresses, the sex scenes become increasingly more erotic and explicit, perhaps due to the larger role the lover is takes on in each character’s life. When one of the children discovers the truth, the anger and jealousy become too hard to suppress.
Though an engaging concept with nuanced performances, the film is dominated by sex scenes which become uncomfortable after a while. The image of Vincent’s face ramming up Teri’s buttocks won’t fade soon enough from memory.
Amy Slotnick is a contributor to On Demand Weekly. She works as an independent producer and freelance consultant to film financing start-ups. Previously she was a Senior VP of Production at Miramax Films.
FOUR LOVERS (Oscilloscope Labs) is now on demand before in theaters.
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