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Concussion | DVD review - Afternoons as a lesbian call-girl; then home for the school run

Concussion - Robin Weigert as Abby

A wealthy bored housewife leads a double life as a high-class hooker in Concussion (opens in new tab), a 21st-century updating of Belle de Jour (opens in new tab) that gives Luis Buñuel’s 1967 classic the twist of making the wife one half of a lesbian couple and her clients exclusively women.

Motivated by pent-up sexual frustration and the need to escape her stifling suburban life, Robin Weigert’s Abby starts secretly working as a high-class escort in the afternoons, using the Manhattan loft apartment she is renovating as her base but ensuring she gets home in time for the school run.

Concussion - Maggie Siff as Sam & Robin Weigert as Abby

Weigert, best known for her role as Deadwood’s drunk and disorderly Calamity Jane, brilliantly conveys Abby’s restless longings and wry curiosity, showing us that she is exploring her identity as much as fulfilling her desires.

An impressive feature debut from writer-director Stacie Passon, who charts her heroine’s messy emotional journey with a deft touch, casts a lightly satirical eye on suburbia and gives the sex scenes a sensuality that never slips into titillation.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 96 mins. Director Stacie Passon.

Released on DVD by Spirit Entertainment on Monday 8th September. http://youtube.com/v/7Pw37SfrO9g To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.