Visiting Desire

on February 07, 1997 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   In April 1996, filmmaker Beth B ("Two Small Bodies") invited a select and diverse group of people to a New York hotel room for the express purpose of acting out their fantasies on camera. It's an irresistible concept, but "Visiting Desire" doesn't live up to its theme. Despite opening with a group of psychologists discussing the ramifications of fulfilling one's fantasies, the movie's subjects--including punk performer Lunch, a drag queen, some bisexual women and a skinhead--are just as likely to discuss feelings and reactions than to do anything concrete onscreen involving their purported desires.
   That makes for pretty boring cinema verite, especially as a good many of the participants in "Visiting Desire" have little insight into their inner workings. Those fantasies that are carried out are quite mundane; mild domination and masturbatory acts predominate. The film has a few genuine, touching moments, but far too many of them seem staged. Starring Lydia Lunch, Kembra Pfahler and Chloe Dzubilo. Directed and produced by Beth B. A B Prods. release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 70 min.
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