Soaking - Lilith Likes to Watch

Title: Soaking
Starring: Candace Lux, Hazel Moore, Seth Gamble
Director: Siouxsie Q, Michael Vegas
Synopsis: Clara and Brighten (Cadence Lux and Hazel Moore), two members of a conservative rural family, are having dinner with their parents at their family home. As they sit through grace, Brighten kicks Clara under the table, whispering that she needs to speak with her privately once their parents leave for errands later. Clara quietly agrees though she's perplexed as to what Brighten could need so urgently. - Via
Lilith's Notes: There truly is a fetish for everything.

"It's a legitamate loophole"

I wasn’t in a great mood last weekend. I had a lot to do, and little personal time to eke out the watching of films, naughty or otherwise. So, even though Mystery Month was officially over, I still tasked Kage to pick the film for review. It had to be short.

Therefore I had no idea what we were going to be watching.

But when I found out, my mood instantly brightened.

This is a direct retelling of events…

A family is sitting around the dinner table, saying grace and eating supper. I notice the prayers and modest clothes and say to Kage “I bet they’re Mormon.”

Then, we’re hit with the title, and, me being me, I am familiar with the concept of Soaking, jokingly or not.

And my brain stalls. “Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. HOW?!” Because up until this point we have only seen the two sisters. “Is one of them going to be trans?”

Then, Seth Gamble enters the room.

For the unaware, “Soaking” is a Mormon practice where the man’s penis enters the woman’s vagina and then the two parties do not move. In an effort for greater stimulation, a third party may jump on the bed to cause motion.

I’m not kidding, this is apparently real. I’m not laughing, either. Fuck oppressive religious extremes of control that strip women of their autonomy.

Anyway, Brighton (Played by Hazel Moore,) comes to the room of her sister Clara (Played by Candace Lux), with a need to discuss something important. She brings her fiance Elijah (Played by Seth Gamble) as well.

Brighton tries to tell Clara about the concept of soaking but she’s shy and nervous and Elijah literally man-splanes the whole situation. He steps on Brighton’s words and after a few times of this Clara gives him a death stare, which I found to be satisfying.

Clara agrees to help, and Brighton and Elijah undress. Clara takes Elijah in hand and puts him inside Brighton. Then, she rocks the bed.

The dynamic between the three participants here is notable. Elijah creepily stares at the bouncing Clara, and instructs the scene, how fast she should bounce and such. Meanwhile Clara occasionally gazes up at him with her big eyes. Brighton is almost an afterthought. I wanted more between the sisters, more comforting, for Clara to ask if Brighton was alright, and so on.

After about five minutes of this, Elijah can’t control himself and he begins to thrust, but Brighton gets scared and runs away. Then, Clara and Elijah give in to lust and fuck. Around fifteen minutes pass and Brighton returns, with a naked Clara hiding out of sight next to the bed. Brighton agrees to have sex with Elijah, not knowing he just cheated. The rest of the film is Clara trying to avoid being noticed while she watches her sister lose her virginity.

One thing that this movie made me realize is that a lot of scenario porn tends to set the scene and then abandon it about five minutes in. I noticed this with other films that I hadn’t even bothered to review because of this very problem.

Another thing that I found distracting was the character of Clara. I didn’t get the impression that she was devout. In fact I wondered if she was just visiting from college or something because she has absolutely no hang ups about this whole situation. She comes across as a relatively liberated woman and just wants to help her sister. And then bangs her soon to be brother in law. I had no doubt that this was not Clara’s first time with a man.

Contrast this with the film What Sets Us Apart, which is about two Mormon lesbians who are in love and one of them is being sent away. That story told us exactly who those ladies were, how devout they were and how much they loved each other. They wept real tears and it’s one of the best things I ever reviewed for this website.

Clarity and character motivation are important, even in porn.

At its core, this short film is a dramedy. The situation is absurd but, minus some fuzzy reasoning, it’s played straight. The fact that no one here is cracking a smile or giggling is commendable. They deserve best acting awards for this.

The performers and camera work do enough to make the final shot of the film seem resonant, and even ominous. Elijah comes inside Brighton and she wipes it out, telling herself it’s going to be alright, while, on the floor, the puddle of discarded cum drips in front of Clara’s eyes.

For all its flaws and weirdness, this is pretty good. Don’t think about it too much, but, let’s be real. If you’re watching porn you’re probably not looking for a very cerebral experience.

And that’s ok.

Best Moment: Clara shamefully touching herself as she hides from the sight of her sister.

Worst Moment: Elijah mansplaining everything.

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5 - It's no What Sets Us Apart but it certainly knows what it wants to do, then sets out to do that thing.
Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

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