By Don Simpson | July 11, 2013
Director: Brian McGuire
Writer: Brian McGuire
Starring: Terry Wanye, Antonella Ponziani, Pollyanna McIntosh, Rose Rossi, Bret Roberts, James Duval, Joey Capone, Mike Lutgen, Jordan Harkins
Templeton’s (Terry Wanye) romantic life is just a flimsy web of lies, fashioned to get him the optimum amount of sex with as few strings attached as possible. He is the titular prevertere — sex is a perverse addiction for him. Templeton seems lost and confused by his overactive hormones. It is as if Templeton’s conscious self might be ready to fall in love, but his subconscious is far too horny to remain monogamous for very long.
Jo-anne (Rose Rossi) is the sexy-cute apple of Templeton’s conscious eye. She is probably the closest thing Templeton has had to a girlfriend for a long time, yet Jo-anne does not have his undivided attention. There are at least two other women with whom Templeton still enjoys having sex.
Shelly (Antonella Ponziani) is an Italian woman who is desperate for a relationship. Templeton just wants to use Shelly for late night “sexy time,” but Shelly really just wants to go out on a normal date with Templeton. Nonetheless, Shelly will never say no to sex with Templeton, no matter what time of the night he arrives. Any sort of conversation with Shelly annoys Templeton; heck, he doesn’t even know her name. There is no foreplay or post-coital cuddling; as soon as Templeton gets off, he quickly dresses and leaves. Shelly is merely a sex object for Templeton.
Templeton’s relationship with Irene (Pollyanna McIntosh) is much different. Together they crawl around on the floor in make-up and costumes as part of elaborate role playing games. Irene seems to be the no strings attached kind of woman Templeton desires. For Irene, Templeton is willing to do anything to connect with her; he enjoys their conversations, foreplay and cuddling. Besides, Irene is the one person who fully accepts Templeton’s perversions. They really seem to “get” each other and enjoy each other’s company. There could actually be something more between the two of them, but they approach this purely sexual relationship with such ambivalent nonchalance that they cannot read each other’s true feelings. When it comes down to it, they do not want to ruin the good thing they have going.
Writer-director Brian McGuire observes Templeton’s sexual relationships with these three unique women like a philosopher trying to unravel the greatest secrets of love (or sex). Utilizing a Socratic method, McGuire poses a laundry list of questions on his infinite quest for the unobtainable Truth. Love and sex mean different things to different people; Templeton’s diverse sex partners showcase three such realities, while each woman reveals different nooks and crannies of Templeton’s own personality.
Pervertere delves into the dark and dirty recesses of relationships that cinema usually hesitates to touch. This incredibly sexy film plays with the sloppy and haphazard honesty of an early Jim Jarmusch film. The narrative jumps around with the loose logic of a surrealist fantasy, but the underlying purpose of the film provides us with three novel perspectives of one man’s sexual journey. This is an existential saga of a man who tries to uncover the meaning of life beneath the sheets of his sexual conquests.
(The 2013 Downtown Film Festival LA will feature the world premiere of Prevertere as its centerpiece selection on July 14, 2013. McGuire’s film will screen at the Downtown Independent as a double-feature with J.R. Hughto’s Slamdance 2013 standout, Diamond on Vinyl.)