Rent Pleasure (2021)

3.0 of 5 from 160 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
A raw, vital and groundbreaking exploration of the adult film industry, 'Pleasure' is the unflinching first feature from writer-director Ninja Thyberg. Bella (newcomer Sofia Kappel) arrives in Los Angeles from her hometown in Sweden, with dreams of becoming the next porn superstar. However, as her ruthless ambition leads her into increasingly dangerous territory, Bella struggles to reconcile her dreams of empowerment with the realities of the darker side of her industry. One of the most audacious breakouts of Sundance Film Festival 2021, Thyberg's captivating debut addresses powerful ideas of consent and agency in sex work, through a fearless and uncompromising lens.
Actors:
Sofia Kappel, Zelda Morrison, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock, , Kendra Spade, , , Lucy Hart, , Reza Azar, , Small Hands, , , , Nathan Bronson, Aramis Sartorio, Mick Blue,
Directors:
Ninja Thyberg
Producers:
Erik Hemmendorff, Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Writers:
Ninja Thyberg, Peter Modestij
Studio:
Mubi
Genres:
Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/09/2022
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Q&A with Director Ninja Thyberg
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Camera Test
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/09/2022
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Italian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Q&A with Director Ninja Thyberg
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Camera Test

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Reviews (3) of Pleasure

Not sexy - Pleasure review by HM

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21/11/2022

A journey into the American porn industry where the men running the show are caring about their female stars and 'look after them'. However, the extreme sexual requirements are in themselves brutalising. All rather like being a nice slave owner; the business itself doesn't really allow it by its very nature.

We follow a young Swedish girl determined to be the next great porn star. In the end she realises you must settle into the business as you must warts and all or quit. What will her choice be?

Not a comfortable watch by any means and certainly not very sexy. It only looks sexy this side of the camera. A good drama and an education too, although possibly confirming your own fears about the industry.

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A Complex Drama - Pleasure review by GI

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04/02/2023

This explicit drama about the American porn industry is less an exposé than a study of consent about which it asks complex questions. It's a tough watch and whilst the film steers a middle ground between condemnation and acceptance of the industry it ultimately leaves an unpleasant feeling. In her breakout role Sofia Kappel plays Linnea, a nineteen year old Swedish girl who travels to LA to make it big in porn films. Changing her name to Bella Cherry she dips her toe gingerly into the world but soon makes decisions to push her limits in order to make it to the top. The set pieces look at how the films are arranged with the female participants given failsafe codes and when there's a female director on one shoot Bella is apparently carefully nurtured to ensure she is ok even though the action is extreme sado/masochistic. In comparison Bella later takes part in a male directed film where she soon feels very uncomfortable and despite promises from the men around her she is verbally abused for wanting to stop. This has, in parts, a documentary style to it and as such it is an uncomfortable film to watch but the central performance is excellent and this is an assured first main feature for director, Ninja Thyberg. Interesting but difficult.

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Not much fun making it in the Adult World. - Pleasure review by RP

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27/05/2023

A young woman wants to make it in the Adult film World. Her ambition sometimes overshadows what she is comfortable doing. That really is all the plot there is. Whenever a new technology comes along for entertainment. Cine Film, Video, Laser Disc, DVDS, Computer streaming. The Adult Industry are the first responders. Yet as time has gone on it is still an industry that has an almost one man band feel to it. Agents push the best and most popular stars but there are so many waiting in the wings waiting for a call. You have to want to be successful. 

In the end we are left with an industry few talk about, few make big money out of and few remain untouched by.  'Pleasure' has some nice acting beyond the Adult Stars and is worth seeing for the final scene in the film. Bob Hoskins in the final scene of The Long Good Friday played out all the emotions  while sitting in the back of a car. This may not have been quite in that league but the final line of the film says it all. Sometimes you know when you have had enough. 

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