The Wild Search

From the director of The Feminist Porn Awards’ Hottest Dyke Sex scene (The Crash Pad), Shine Louise Houston presents The Wild Search. Follow documentary filmmaker Georgia Mann and her crew through the streets of San Francisco as they capture some of the most raw and compelling sex to date. One woman’s quest to find, film and understand “real lesbian sex” leads her into the depths of queer sexuality. Femme-on-femme, one stud boi, and hot transguy action make this mocumentary the ultimate PoMo-homo porno.”

The Wild Search is the latest (and greatest) film from indie auteur Shine Louise Houston, whose earlier releases The Crash Pad and Superfreak garnered her accolades from feminist porn fans and queers of various persuasions. Like her previous movies, The Wild Search is a tour-de-force of lesbian sex, featuring lots of hot butches and femmes from the San Francisco area. This is the pure product. There are no gay-for-pay bottle blondes with scary fake fingernails engaged in perfunctory open-mouthed tongue kissing here — except in a brief, hilarious scene that parodies such moments in mainstream porn movies.

The basic premise is clever and used to very funny effect. A documentary film crew follows around another documentary film crew as they attempt to film the mating habits of San Francisco lesbians. So The Wild Search is a (fake) documentary about a (fake) documentary about (real) lesbians. (Follow all that?) Imagine one of those National Geographic programs, with cameras watching lions from the distance, only instead of lions, they’re watching lesbians. The fundamental joke is that the people having sex don’t notice the camera crew in their apartment or in the bar, and there’s a really funny bit of business with a “decoy lesbian,” a mannequin dressed up and sent out to attract the natives. All that’s cute and innovative, but what about the sex? This is a film made by and for lesbians, but given the tastes of most heterosexual men, they’re likely to enjoy this, too, and it might even dispel some silly misconceptions about how women have sex. (Short answer: they have sex in all sorts of awesome ways.) The sex scenes are often really intense, especially a long three-way with two lovers wearing strap-ons. The most important thing: this is real fucking, messy, gasping, sweaty, improvisational, impetuous, spirited, and beautiful. It’s a very funny mockumentary, but there’s nothing mock about the sex. Don’t miss it.

Citation: The Wild Search, USA, 60 min, 2007
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