“A funny thing happened to me on the way to Vienna,” says Samson (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) towards the end of SWEET TALK. Yeah, he unexpectedly fell in love over a phone sex hotline, at the same time the audience falls in love with an unexpectedly charming, over the top romantic, and dangerously sexy film. I was totally caught off guard with this movie; having been lured in with the promise of a film about phone sex, instead I became the victim of a bait and switch with a film I could easily and happily play on a 24/7 loop at home. [Note: Not until after I published this did I notice the tag line “An unexpected love story”… Perfect!]
The devastatingly gorgeous Natalie Zea plays Delilah, a phone sex operator with a passion for Russian literature. Parise is Samson, a broke writer with movie star good looks in the midst of a writer’s block. One night, suffering from a bit of both depression and boredom, he dials a phone sex line he finds in a newspaper. And with that one phone call ($20 to start, $2.99 per minute after – good thing he had a credit card) both their lives are changed forever.
Far from salacious or provocative, this is actually a seriously romantic film that is as beautiful on screen as its stars. Billed as a Romance/Drama, it is also something of a Romantic Dramedy – and here we go again with another romance tugging at my heart strings, but there seems to be a plethora of really well done, original films this year. There is also a sprinkling of co-stars that appear here and there in the film and all are well chosen actors who play their parts perfectly.
I was mesmerized by this film, and absolutely frustrated when my screener cut out 30 minutes before the end… thankfully I got things to work the next day so I could see what happens to these great characters. I am surprised there are only two showings set for this film, but I hope it gets a replay on Encore Day.
This story is as true as you want it to be… I want it to be true! Oh yeah, this film totally got to me.
My interview with Director Terri Hanauer.
Watch the Trailer! [A REALLY well done trailer]
Buy tickets to see SWEET TALK at Cinequest!