New York Times - 09/26/1986
"...Remarkably straightforward....You may be touched, too, by this sympathetic account of a sort of human frailty that is not easy to talk about, much less make a movie about..."
Film Comment - 01/01/2009
"[A] 1986 foray into intimacy therapy....It's some kind of artifact."
Kirby Dick's critically acclaimed study of Maureen Sullivan, one of America's best-known sex surrogates. Film focuses on her professional treatment of two clients over a four-month period.
Description by Zeitgeist Films Ltd.:
In this cult doc from 1985, director Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) weaves a fascinating study of the curious role of a sex surrogate in the then-new discipline of sexual therapy. Maureen Sullivan and two of her clients agreed to have the entire progression of their therapy taped, and what emerges is a disarming and compassionate look at the struggles people face in connecting with one another. Twenty-five-year-old Kipper is a virginal grad student who gets nervous just talking to a girl, let alone touching her, and John, at 45, is newly divorced and suffering from fears of sexual inadequacy. As Maureen attempts to build up their confidence, she also exposes her own doubts in this touching film that dismisses a clinical approach to sex.