The Literacy Of Sex In “Concussion”


Robin Weigert as Abby, who encounters Maggie Siff in Stacie Passon’s “Concussion”, out on DVD now in the U.S. Radius TWC.

by Omar P.L. Moore/        Follow popcornreel on Twitter FOLLOW                                           

Few American films in recent memory have been as open and mature about women, relationships, commitment and the literacy of sex as Stacie Passon’s “Concussion”has.  Ms. Passon’s feature directing debut arrived on DVD today in the U.S. and Canada following its brief run in theaters last October.  “Concussion” is available on Amazon’s instant video streaming service.

One of the ten best films of 2013, “Concussion” is thought-provoking, honest and adult about its characters and situations.  It is an erotic, arousing film about Abby (Robin Weigert, in the year’s best performance), a housewife with kids, married to Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence) and living in New Jersey.  A baseball to the head concusses Abby, and the impetus to explore herself and sexual possibilities in other women results in her buying a loft in New York City, where she seeks refuge from a passionless marriage and finds intimacy in others in an escort service she runs there.

“Concussion” tackles myriad issues in its brief 96-minute running time, including middle-age, parenting, body image, physical and sexual viability, relationship arrangements, family, and sex-for-hire.  Some of “Concussion” is based on true events that happened to Ms. Passon, who is married to a woman and living in the Garden State.  “Concussion” never breaks stride, nor does it moralize or judge its characters.

In the film we get a keen perspective on desire, sex and the compartmentalization of Abby’s life.  Abby doesn’t have contempt for Kate; she simply feels isolated and imprisoned by a lack of emotional and sexual fulfillment.  Kate tells Abby she has no energy for passion.  It’s a life that she has retired.  This is their reality as a married couple.  Abby loves her kids and her wife.  She’s unsatisfied sexually.  She escapes to New York City.  For Abby there’s less guilt than relief.  She has found fresh air…

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