"Kick My Heart's Ass: Short Films About Love"

Jessica Sanders, George & Brad: In the Bedroom

Jessica Sanders, George & Brad: In the Bedroom Photograph: Courtesy Of The Artist

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>5/5

It’s almost impossible to critique author and filmmaker Davy Rothbart’s roundup of shorts about romance. Divided among four pink-curtained peep-show booths that each feature a separate program, the films are as varied from one another as the motley crew on the Brooklyn-bound L during the wee hours of a weekend. Some of the offerings are showy; others, as understated as they are heartfelt.

A smattering of impressions from booth number No. 4: Scott Patterson’s Foreign Bodies of Water feels like a senior-year treatise on rejection, self-absorption and finally, redemption: a loser-fat-girl narrative overlaid with heartstring-pulling music and a mawkish voiceover that ends in the balm of “finding someone who appreciates me for who I am.” Much more compelling is The Transformation of Genesis P-Orridge, an interview with the surviving half of a local pandrogynous couple. P-Orridge speaks plainly about life with performance artist Lady Jaye, their plans to start an orphanage and the plastic surgeries they underwent to gradually morph into the image of one another during their 14-year relationship.

The two small-town singer-songwriter hopefuls in The Lovebirds are in their early twenties and have been dating for a week. Seated in lawn chairs while being interviewed in a parking lot, they’re obsessed with each other, and plan to hit the American Idol tryouts together.

The democratic selection here acts as a sort of validating, if passive, expression of compassion. We’re reminded that each of these narratives is someone’s version of the truth.—T.J. Carlin

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