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Life in Bed

Its logline makes "Life in Bed" sound like a straight man's fantasy: Three comely young women take time out and shack up in bed together. But this brazenly over-the-top pic is a tortured exercise in self-indulgence that would scarcely attract notice but for its provocative theme and ample skin.

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With: Wendy Falcone, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Marcia Dor Etain, Michael A. Nickles.

Its logline makes “Life in Bed” sound like a straight man’s fantasy: Three comely young women take time out and shack up in bed together. But this brazenly over-the-top pic is a tortured exercise in self-indulgence that would scarcely attract notice but for its provocative theme and ample skin.

Narrator Christy (co-scribe Wendy Falcone), a struggling actress, rebounds from a breakup by moving into a tiny studio with pals Sally (Julienne Hanzelka Kim) and Joanie (Marcia Dor Etain). Before long, the girls are subsisting on a daily diet of drugs, booze and sex with Sally’s longtime crush, aspiring rocker Simon (Michael A. Nickles). Tension begins to simmer — and tempers flare — when Simon develops feelings for Christy, meaning their days of living as a happy foursome are soon to end. But not soon enough: The film’s tedious, claustrophobic 25-minute sex-and-drug-infused centerpiece takes place in a room literally just large enough for a mattress. Production designer Linda Kiel has crafted ultra-low-budget sets in splashy neon hues, but rather than heightening pic’s surreal elements, they simply make it look cheap.

Life in Bed

Production: A Tribeca Lab production. Produced, directed, edited by Nick Lindsay. Screenplay, Lindsay, Wendy Falcone.

Crew: Camera (color), Carolyn Macartney; music, Tim Rutili; production designer, Linda Keil. Reviewed at Santa Barbara Film Festival, March 9, 2003. Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Wendy Falcone, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Marcia Dor Etain, Michael A. Nickles.

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