Review: ‘Cinemax Reel Life:Breasts: 22 Women on 41 Breasts’

Women will find "Breasts: 22 Women on 41 Breasts" rather thought-provoking and men looking to cop a visual feel will be disappointed as filmmaker Meema Spadola elicits candor, humor and sometimes tragic stories from the mostly bare-chested participants. This is not a sexy look at breasts, but an exploration, although lacking poignant depth, of how women feel about their breasts. No Earth-shattering, or even very interesting revelations here, but "Breasts" sure is a conversation starter. Aud members turned off by the nudity should stay away, but the topless women are comfortable with their bodies, and their freedom and self-assurance allows their words to be heard; their nudity is merely a matter of fact. The women talk about the power of breasts, size, puberty - when budding breasts are mysterious, horrifying, confusing and extremely important - as well as implants and cancer, always in the context of what society expects women to look like.

Women will find “Breasts: 22 Women on 41 Breasts” rather thought-provoking and men looking to cop a visual feel will be disappointed as filmmaker Meema Spadola elicits candor, humor and sometimes tragic stories from the mostly bare-chested participants. This is not a sexy look at breasts, but an exploration, although lacking poignant depth, of how women feel about their breasts. No Earth-shattering, or even very interesting revelations here, but “Breasts” sure is a conversation starter.

Aud members turned off by the nudity should stay away, but the topless women are comfortable with their bodies, and their freedom and self-assurance allows their words to be heard; their nudity is merely a matter of fact. The women talk about the power of breasts, size, puberty – when budding breasts are mysterious, horrifying, confusing and extremely important – as well as implants and cancer, always in the context of what society expects women to look like.

Most admirable are the women who’ve undergone mastectomies and their survival stories. Most telling and sad are two little girls – fully clothed, of course – who use a Barbie doll as an example of what a woman should look like.

The participants range from mothers and their daughters, teachers and strippers, who speak eloquently about their implants and what it means professionally and personally to them. All the women are articulate and bright and it’s a tribute to the filmmaker that they are comfortable enough to sit for her and talk on such an intimate subject while partially clothed.

Also thrown in the mix is a gorgeous transsexual, who gives her opinions from both sides of the fence.

Tech credits are pro.

Cinemax Reel Life:Breasts: 22 Women on 41 Breasts

Mon. (27), 11 p.m.-midnight; Cinemax

Production

Filmed by Elevator Pictures. Executive producer, Rocky Collins; producers, Thom Powers, Meema Spadola; director, Spadola;

Crew

camera, Eileen Schrieber; editor, Ann Moore; archival footage editor, John Walter; sound, Jeanne Gilliland, Jennifer Martinez, Juli Vizza; music, John Davis.

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