Recently I have been lucky enough to be approached by production company No Restrictions Entertainment to review two of their releases. This independent, American production company focus on making films that deal with social issues which both entertain and have an emotional affect. One Hour Fantasy Girl, the first of Edgar Michael Bravo’s films I took a look at, is an intriguing bleak tale which offers an alternative view of Hollywood society, that is based on a true story.
One Hour Fantasy Girl (2009) documents the life of Brandi (Kelly-Ann Tursi); the fantasy girl from the title who acts out any desire a client so wishes, as long as it does not involve sex or kissing, and is not illegal. Encouraged by her manger Chi (Paul Nguyen), Brandi continues this alternative lifestyle to make money even though it is evidently slowly eating away at her. It is only when new client Bobby Richards (Joe Luckay) shows a genuine interest in her personality and wellbeing that she lacks from her other clients.
What I found most refreshing about One Hour Fantasy Girl is that it offers a glimpse into the darker, seedier side of Hollywood that often goes unseen. Like the Australian Sleeping Beauty, we’re shown a disturbing glance into the world of erotica which is disturbingly accessible. Yet unlike Julia Leigh’s directorial debut, Bravo’s independent film is not quite as polished. The character development is similarly imperfect, although not terrible. I found it difficult to empathise with Brandi; a stubborn, difficult character who certainly puts up a sturdy wall to prevent herself from being hurt. Still hurt and damaged from the abandonment she experienced as a child, Brandi’s existence is bleak and miserable.
Difficult to follow at times, One Hour Fantasy Girl is an unorthodox drama that feels a little unfinished at times. Despite this, its grittiness is still affecting; especially the disturbing performance provided by Jon Morgan Woodward as client Roger who asks Brandi to carry out unthinkable acts. At times very raw, this simple, naturalistically shot movie acts as a fable: not only does it illustrate the easy exploitation of the vulnerable young, One Hour Fantasy Girl also proves how important it is not to trust too readily.
You can watch and buy One Hour Fantasy Girl here: www.onehourfantasygirl.com