Provocative documentary by director Todd Verow about a man, a so-called ‘cum whore’, who lives in New York and is determined to have raw sex with as many men as possible in one year, while meticulously keep count of the number of ‘loads’ he takes. The film’s protagonist has blogged about his sex life for years under the title “Confessions of a Bareback Sauna Slut – No Condoms. No Fear, No Regrets “- now it’s all there for us to see. It’s fascinating, controversial and extremely up-close!
By: Amos Lassen
Todd Verow is a director that always delivers surprises. “Bottom” is based on a personal blog “Confessions of a Bareback Cunt” which is written by the mysterious bb cunt. The original blog has been edited for length but the graphic images are all there. This is the story of one man and his sex life and unlike anything you have seen before outside of porn. Nothing here is re-enacted and everyone in the film is over 18 and agreed to being filmed. The faces and distinguishing characteristics are blurred or edited out and the voices have been altered. Most important is that the film makes no judgments. That is left to the viewer. BB Cunt is a man living in New York who is determined to have raw, bareback sex with as many men as possible in a year and he keeps a meticulous count of “the loads he takes”.
Verow is known for dealing with the dark aspects of gay sexuality and he knows what he is doing every time he pushes the envelope.
I am sure that there will be those who will find this film to be disturbing. It is indeed physically intense. Using the text of the blog, we see all of the details of a sexual hedonist. Much of what we hear, we hear for the first time on film and we see a man who is determined to collect the maximum amount of sperm even when it means degrading himself and degrading those he couples with. There is no tenderness or affection here and in fact, such displays are considered to be harassment. There is no condom usage and it is not so much about having sex as it is about collection semen. Everything here is intense and words are not minced and one could easily get bored watching this were it not so unique. If we are looking to understand what is going on, we are wasting our time and if feels as if we are watching someone deconstruct as he aims for his own self-destruction. We must remember that what we get here is a dose of reality as we see that there are indeed people who live like this.
I am not sure how this film will be received but I feel I must say that it is an important look at one aspect of gay life and sexuality.