Remedy is an exceptional film for many reasons: the lighting, camera work, direction, and acting are all on point, and the story is honest. The protagonist, Remedy, played by Kira Davies, is curious and brave woman who ventures into the world of professional BDSM. Unlike other films about sex work, this film brings worker community to the front instead of focusing on the clients. It is a realistic look at how career burnout happens. Remedy is not a feelgood, "happy hooker" film, nor does it replay the tired trope of sex worker as victim, it's simply a movie about a woman with a job who does not get enough rest.This is a very important film bringing sex workers to the front, not as empowered or victimized beings, but simply as people.
A young woman leaves behind the underground kink clubs of New York City and enters the world of commodified BDSM, where workers are paid to embody the sexual and psychological fantasies of complete strangers. When an unscrupulous night manager asks the woman -- now working under the pseudonym Mistress Remedy -- to session with dominant clients, where she is the slave for the hour, she accepts. She soon realizes that her "habitual" submissiveness at home does not prepare her for the pressures and risks of this side of the sexual service industry. Should she leave? Or should she stay and prove to everyone -- including herself -- that she can handle it? A hybrid of creative biography and narrative fiction, REMEDY is based on director Cheyenne Picardo's experiences working as a pro-switch in New York City. The film explores the good, the bad, the offensive, the cruel, the hysterical, and the absurd aspects of commercial BDSM. It provides insight without passing judgment, but only as fast ...
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