I’m not a sexual deviant, I swear. It just so happens most of the short films I’ve reviewed so far have been about sex. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Sex is exciting. In our constant political corrections and misguided tactfulness we end up pushing sex and sexuality into marginal taboos. There is a lot to be said and there is a lot that should be send with regards to sex. So, I’m going to keep talking.
Where We’re Having Sex is dripping in subtleties and innuendos, Captivus is upfront and in your face. From Captivus’ bluntness comes its comedy. There are a bunch of quick quips and double entendres that got a hearty chuckle out of me.
Captivus starts with Kurt showing up at Kate’s. There’s no segue into the next shot, where we end up in their bedroom. The lack of introduction of characters and storyline, contributes to the feeling that Kurt and Kate’s encounter is a meaningless casual encounter. Then, Kurt gets stuck. He can’t get himself out of Kate. There’s no innuendo here. The two can’t seem to tear themselves away from each other. Enter Hannah, Kate’s girlfriend. Hannah arrives apologetic and gets shocked. I’ll leave the rest of the film’s developments for your enjoyment.
The characters are confused sexually and emotionally and from their confusion come their problems. The film boils down to just about what every conversation about sex boils down to: communication.
I can’t help but compare the two, so I’ll indulge myself. I think We’re Having Sex is a better short. I hope that doesn’t dissuade you in any way from watching Captivus. Captivus is smart, funny, and worthwhile in its own right.