William R. Abelmann, David Gisselbrecht, Lucas Wagner, Rupert Steiner (executive) for Frolic Pictures
directed by Brittany Ballantyne, Jared Masters
starring Brittany Ballantyne, Jared Masters, Mystic Marlow, Darrick Ingram, Poo Bear, Jole Cold
written by Brittany Ballantyne, Jared Masters, music by Nina Hagen, Chin Chin, Burnd Burnson, Aries Beats, Cole Porter, Jumbo Jazz, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Caremichael, Angelic Upstarts, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Russ Columbo, Fizzy Pop, Umbrella Jamboree, Jared Masters, Brittany Ballantyne
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Guy (Jared Masters), a lonely and numbers-obsessed office clerk who
does "the numbers" for his clients (it's never explained in
full), one day realizes he needs a secretary - and pretty much hires the
first applicant, Iesha Stayput, who just happens to be a living, breathing
mannequin (voiced by Brittany Ballantyne) - and at first he's only taken
in by her professionalism, but soon he starts to have feelings for her as
well (thus the title, "Agalmatophilia", a paraphilia involving
sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin), and he, who has so far
mostly been tied to his desk, starts to go out with her and stuff. But
there's his client, Veronique (Brittany Ballantine in the flesh), who at
first only gets friendly with Guy as she's not able to pay her invoices on
time, but before long she starts getting interested in him as a man, too -
and even if she's got some weird fetishes on her own for sure, she
eventually notices there's something not 100% right with Guy ...
this is most certainly a very unusual film, an extremely weird, twisted
romance between a man and a shopwindow mannequin, done very much in a way
as if it was a very natural thing, with a minimum of special effects, and
without any fantasy or horror motives or even vastly simplified psychology
tagged on - and especially for these reasons it works, it just tells its
story, doesn't lose steam in long-winded explanations or fancy effects,
just lets us see the world through Guy's and later also Veronique's eyes -
but with an extra shot of irony (rather than moronic humour). And the
outcome is ... well, not for everyone, but if you're into the slightly
bizarre, you'll get lots of enjoyment out of this.