Ovidie has done it again! One of my favourite French production houses and directors producing ethically made adult cinema and progressive, forward thinking-work has created an extra special two-parter- a double-release called SUPERMACHO vs. X Girl. The same script, locations and cast were given to two different directors, one male, Dist de Kaerth, and one female, Ovidie, in an effort to show the immense difference between having someone of each gender behind the camera. And the results are as you might (or might not) expect – completely different! Plus, they both feature the ever-popular Stoya! We are releasing the two films separately, but of course you can download both if you’re curious to see the difference for yourself, one here and one here. It’s going to be interesting to see which one is more popular… Check out the trailers below!
First up is the film directed by Ovidie, a woman who has been making adult cinema for many years. The film opens with Stoya on a rooftop in Paris smoking a cigarette, minimal (if any) makeup. She goes into her flat and meticulously lays out cups of tea and snacks, ready for a mysterious guest. She has a shower, shaving her legs but deciding not to shave her armpits or her pubic hair, and then putting a small amount of makeup on in her bathroom mirror. She tries on various lipsticks but decides that’s too much. She then tries on different outfits – floaty dresses and cute tops, deciding on no bra and a crop top with baggy jeans – very Parisian casual chic! When her date arrives she’s clearly nervous, but she invites him up and they get down to it…
The film also includes a threesome with another woman, Sabrina, who in this version is shown as the opposite of Stoya, with large breasts and heavy makeup – everything about her screaming “SEX”! But at the end Stoya decides that she’d prefer a threesome with two men, so she introduces her new date to a close friend of hers. They tie her date up and have sex in front of him, teasing him and mocking him, while having the kind of sex that seems full of joy, laughter and mutual respect.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Dist de Kaerth creates a film that is very typical of mainstream pornography, and one that I found quite hard to watch. The opening shot is not one of her smoking, which is a casual and subtle invitation to look at her lips, but Stoya essentially giving a blow-job to a lollipop. In fact, every aspect of the film is different – down to the fact that Stoya is now shaved and has such heavy makeup on (that she wears in the shower?!) that in comparison to the previous film it almost looks absurd. Every action and movement Stoya makes is performed as if she’s having sex – even if it’s just getting up off the couch – and all performed at an angle where the camera can observe her butt, or her wide-open mouth, or her vagina.
The sex is also utterly different. Where in the version directed by a woman we always see the build up of the moments before sex (hands brushing each other, nervous kisses) here we jump straight from casual flirtation to oral sex in one cut. Stoya spends a good 80% of the film deepthroating whichever cock is closest to her, and at one point they do a position that looks like a helicopter and is so absurd it’s more amusing than erotic. The closing shot, that is frozen as the credits roll, is one of her holding two cocks, face covered in semen, grinning at the camera. Suffice to say this is the opposite kind of film to anything that I would ever want to make.
Ovidie’s experiment is a useful tool in observing the huge difference it can make having a woman behind the camera. The differences in intention, assumed audience and desired outcome is so spectacularly dichotomous it’s eye-opening. Perhaps the film directed by a woman is more aimed at women, but for me it seems far more universal than the one directed by a man, which is so obviously created to make as much money as possible from quick, hard, predictable, chauvinistic sex that men are assumed to desire. In Ovidie’s film, there are mutual exchanges of power, respect and authority. She plays with who is in charge, who is turned on by what, who matches well with whom. In the latter, the women exist firstly for the visual pleasure of a male audience, secondly for the pleasure of the men in the room (even if it’s two women and one man) and lastly for the pleasure of the women – if at all.
Let me know which one you download, if you download both, or if you have any other comments! Are the differences what you expected? Did you find either film enjoyable – or off-putting? Tell me in the comments below!
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