S#x Acts Movie Review
The Israeli drama S#x Acts (Shesh peamim) is described as being about a teenage girl who is "determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the most popular guys." But in reality, it's about a girl who is too naïve to realize that she is being coerced into giving sexual flavors. And not much else.
The movie stars Sivan Levy as Gili, a soft spoken girl who thinks she has a closer social circle than she actually does. Levy does a fine job capturing the purgatory in which her character resides, someone who has friends and a social life but whose friends take advantage of her at every turn. Her slow, quiet whine and shifting eyes do a superb job of demonstrating that her character is at least somewhat aware of what is happening, but isn't strong enough to do anything about it.
Directed by Johnathan Gurfinkel, S#x Acts is mildly engaging and well assembled. Unfortunately, there just isn't that much to the story. Gili jerks a guy off, then gives another guy a blow job, then gets filmed giving a blow job, then has sex with yet another guy. Literally every guy she encounters abuses her, but it's hard to feel for her. She is so emotionless, so unaware of what's going on, that it's impossible to relate to her, let alone like her.
And frankly, had I not read the film's marketing description, I would have had no idea she was trying to "improve her social status" by sleeping around. Gurfinkel never establishes such a concept, nor does he dive into Gili's background to explain how she came to be the way she is.
I'm pretty sure the marketing team just made up the description so that S#x Acts would appear to have a plot. Who thought of that title, anyway? #fail
On the surface, S#x Acts isn't a terrible movie. But the character development is weak, the plot nearly nonexistent and the theme muddled. I'm not sure why this movie was made, but I am sure there is not much reason to watch it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.