Sunday, 22 January 2017

Soft Porn Sunday: Jennifer Behr & Kimberley Rowe (+4)

Jennifer Bear.
This is the infamous "telephone scene" that I briefly touched on last week. I say "infamous", even though I'm pretty sure that it isn't, mostly because I asked my dad to go and listen to cricket in the kitchen so I could watch this scene (my excuse: I was watching music videos on The Box). Why was it so important for me to watch it? Well, I'd only ever seen the Justine series once before and there was no way of knowing if it would be repeated. I rationalised that I may never see this scene again, and therefore, I was well within my right to watch it.

And I wanted a nice erection to go to bed with, which was the main reason I used to watch soft porn in those days.

Appearance: Justine - In The Heat of Passion (1996)
Characters: Ursula & Unidentified Male #1 vs. Madame Souvray & Unidentified Male #2, plus Unidentified Male #3, plus Justine. Oh, and a bear.

I get the feeling I'm going to need to explain this one.

Justine is a series made by the same team behind Emmanuelle in Space (although I don't know if Siritzky had anything to do with it - I can't find any information that either confirms or denies this). It's filmed in the same style, featuring a lot of the same actors (minus Krista Allen), and - like those films - contains seven instalments, all with increasing amounts of sex in fairly exotic locations at the sacrifice of plot. Some of the scenes even have the same "carousel" effect - a slowly rotating camera cleverly positioned in front of some scenery, with a hidden 3D feature that appears if you don red/cyan glasses.

The difference - and it's quite a big difference, when you think about it - is that Justine herself (Daneen Boone), the eponymous main character, doesn't actually have a lot of sex. She's portrayed as a barely-legal college student who's on a research trip with her tutor, about whom she fantasises a lot. Most of the sex, at least in the first film in the series, is in dream sequences or performed by her openly sexual pal Ursula (Kimberley Rowe).

This scene is both.

It's a cluttered scene, bookended by Justine, on a bed in some sort of negligée, calling Ursula at their
She's all heart. Heart and legs.
boarding college from wherever-it-is-she-happens-to-be-on-her-endless-study-trips. The scene throws you straight into the action, as Ursula answers the 'phone ("Hello?") while merrily riding a random unidentified male (completely uncredited, and looking a little confused), atop a bed of silken sheets surrounded by plants and hanging pearls.


As the camera rotates around, Ursula continuing to have sex while attempting to carry out a conversation, we see that, in the same room, their tutor Madame Souvray (yes, really), played by Jennifer Behr, is also in the room, riding another unidentified, uncredited male. This is, in fact, the position all participants stay in for the entirety of the scene, with plenty of mix shots and cuts, but never straying from the "woman astride" position which both ladies start off in.

Into this mix throw Unidentified Male #3, a man who comes in to take photographs ("Oh hai!" says
'Phone bill must be enormous.
Ursula, cheerfully.). No, there's no rhyme or reason for this, let's move on.


Okay, so there are two hot women having bouncy sex with unidentified faceless men; why do I like this scene so much? Well, I've noticed some details, and they are:
  • Ursula keeps the 'phone to her ear throughout the entire scene, complete with cord. She even attempts a few snatches of conversation with Justine - which I quite like. Justine's interrupted her in flagrante delicto and she just keeps going!
  • Ursula and Madame Souvray are both in the cowgirl position, but they're facing in different directions: Ursula's facing his head; Madame Souvray's facing his feet.
  • Unidentified Male #1 spends the whole of his time holding a large, conspicuous teddy bear (he hits Ursula over the head with it at one point, presumably in a failed donkey punch attempt...), usually in front of Ursula's vulva. We don't get to see any of it - but I suppose it's a better form of censorship than pixelisation, or just pretending she doesn't have one...
  • The sex itself is quite fun. It's just riding, but there's a lot of effort put into it.
  • Justine is completely oblivious, even though it should be perfectly clear what's going on.
How dense can a person be, especially considering how she's a student and all, to not realise that your
Creeeeeeepy.
sexually adventurous best friend is having sex when she's making copious orgasmic noises down the telephone to you? We do, occasionally, cut back to Justine, who has a hilarious "confused, lul wot?" face on for the entire time. The scene lasts for over three minutes before she clocks.


"Ursula, have you got boys in there again?" she eventually gets around to saying. "You'll get in trouble with Madame Souvray."
"Hold on, I'll check," Ursula replied between moans, before she turns and shouts, "Madame Souvray? Am I in trouble?"

At which point Justine wakes up. It was all a dream, you see, a glorious dream, like the ending of Super Mario Bros. 2, except with more sex and a teddy bear for no apparent reason.

I've always thought this scene was hot (creepy photographer guy notwithstanding, that bit's strange).
It's a jungle out there!
As for why, I can't really pinpoint it - I quite like the 'phone element. It's a nice touch, the fact that Ursula answers the call and Rowe remembers to hold onto the handset for the rest of the scene. The set, while a little messy, is well-decorated (although with too many plants, they may as well be in the forest for one bit!), and while none of the three men involved are particularly attractive, Behr, Rowe and Boone are all very sexy.


Rowe, in particular, is giving it her all, riding away lustfully, making most of the noises (there are a lot of noises...). Were it just her, I'd probably enjoy this scene more, actually - as what she's doing is enough. Jennifer Behr is pretty too, but would it kill you to have two separate scenes for each, without a creepy photographer guy?

But it's all pretty well-put-together, as a whole. There's just as much thought in this as there is in the Emmanuelle scenes. Maybe it isn't quite as good in some areas, but it's not really the same, so you can't blame Justine. It's not as well-established a series and was bound to get lower viewing figures. That we get a sex scene this good in the first episode is something of a blessing, actually.

I just wish I had a version in English, though! My one's in German!

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