Friday, April 2, 2010

ISF: Quadrangle (2010)

ISF: Quadrangle (2010) Dir: Amy Grappell Not Yet Released Date Seen: March 31, 2010 Rating: 3.75/5

This documentary portrait of two couples that experimented sexually with a hinkier form of couple-swapping is fascinating, not just because of the non-chalance of its subjects but because of the motives of its filmmaker. Director Amy Grappel is the daughter of one of these couples and it's clear she's made Quadrangle to work out some of her issues with her parents. She especially goes out of her way to show her mother's foibles while not cutting nearly as deep with her footage of her father or the other couple that her folks diddled. It's a weird confessional kind of cinema masquerading as a document meant to challenge our blind acceptance of a societal norm like monogamy. It seethes with Grappell's open wounds.

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