Wednesday, January 10, 2007

FYC: Sook-Yin Lee in Shortbus

The film: A riotous celebration of our capacity to connect.
The actor: A Canadian musician in a star-making turn.
The character: A spritely couples counselor in pursuit of an orgasm.
The moment: When her tension boils over during a session with the Jamies. This could've been a forced, ungainly scene, but Lee has charisma to spare. She spins her wheels throughout the scene -- groping, lurching, finally making an admission. It's some nice comedy, and a great entrée to a character's journey. And it does feel like a journey -- a great arc -- thanks to Lee's emotional nakedness.

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