After Netflix Canada had the MY LIST feature added to bookmark/queue the movies I wanted to see, I added Lie With Me in there relatively quickly (along with a bunch of similar genre flicks). I don’t know why this appealed to me especially since I hadn’t heard of it prior to see the poster there. Maybe its the whole erotic sex thing going on, I don’t know. I’m going to be straight out and say that I’m going to have some pretty interesting search terms leading to my site after this review…
Director: Clement Virgo
Leila (Lauren Lee Smith) loves to go out and party, meet guys and have fun with no strings attached. Deep down, she feels incomplete and that something is missing and she’s searching for what it is thats “stuck”. One night at a party, she meets David (Eric Balfour). They fall into a whirlwind of sex and lust and unlike her enjoying freedom, he is more possessive and wants her completely to himself. However, both their separate lives are spinning in a troubled situation with Leila’s parents separating after a long marriage and David’s father being very dependent on his care every day. With everything going on, they both need to figure out whether the feeling they have between them is lust and love.
I’m not exactly sure how to start this review. This movie really doesn’t lie. It doesn’t mislead at all. And if you don’t like the explicit sex content in it within the first 10 minutes well, leave the movie because one, you need to watch the first part to really feel the second part and where they want this movie to go. I mean we start with the main character Leila touching herself to porn. I’m saying this because I know that maybe people won’t appreciate the way its done. There’s not a lot of dialogue and a lot of sex. Very passionate sex for the most part. I haven’t really exposed my side regarding this issue mostly because its not that appropriate but I really liked this movie. Its a romantic drama and with the plot up there, it begs to find the answer of “What is love?” and how do you tell it apart from lust. For me personally, that was huge because I remember trying to figure that out for a long time. Some of you lucky people out there have been surrounded by people who show their emotions of love and flame in their romantic relationships. Its still always a new journey to figure it all out but I grew up in a slightly different atmosphere so that journey was long and tough at times.
Leila, played by Lauren Lee Smith, is pretty much the main focus of the story. Its really her journey and her narrative for the most part. At times, her narratives are vulgar in a sexual way. Its how she envisions sex, guys, her feelings and just how lost she actually is. We can clearly see the change she has once she meets David, someone who is so passionate about her but she doesn’t know what to do with the deep, strong feelings she has for him. I felt her performance was totally amazing. At the end, I totally connected with her in an emotional way. You know how some parts happen and you can feel her heartbreak in her look and the way she acts, my heart actually started aching when she was all confused and lost.
David, played by Eric Balfour, actually wasn’t as strong acting wise, but I think its the script or just the focus isn’t supposed to be on him as much, but the chemistry that he had, especially the passionate sex, with Leila was really incomparable. Maybe its because I’m a sexual person and I’ve been in that kind of passionate mode so this appeals to me more. He has a lot of full-on naked scenes so prepare yourself for that. I didn’t find that totally necessary but it doesn’t bother me much.
Lie With Me is an amazing independent romantic drama. Its full of sex and lust in the start and follows through with a deeper journey to learn about what love is for a young woman. Its full of passionate sex scenes, lots of nudity and it really shows how the people close to us affect us a lot in how we change how open we are to love and how we view it in general. Lauren Lee Smith and Eric Balfour both do amazing in their roles and emit extreme chemistry that will make you connect with the characters. If you like this sort of thing, maybe you ventured on the “What is love” journey some time in life, this is worth a watch. Its not perfect but the characters will make your heart flutter and break throughout their journey. At least it did that for me….
At the time that this goes up, I’ve already watched this movie again….just to say its really awesome! On a sidenote, if Hard Candy had worked, I would probably have postponed this one more..but I guess its for the better since I liked it so much 🙂
**This review was crazy hard to write up because I’m a pretty direct person when it comes to this. So the whole filtering had to be put in, I still hope you all enjoyed the review! **