Short Film Season
Independent filmmaker Chris Waitt is a complete loser when it comes to women. He decides to make a documentary to find out why, by asking the people who know best: his ex-girlfriends.
Waitt's journey of self-enlightenment doesn't get off to a good start, with most of his former flames shooting him down and refusing to appear on camera.
With the aid of a little motherly intervention and the discovery of a stash of old love letters, he's on his way.
En route he discovers that he's a slob, self-absorbed, tardy and to top it all off, has developed 'performance anxiety'.
In an attempt to rediscover his libido - he takes the audience on a cringe-inducing visit to a dominatrix in a dungeon and carries out a dangerous experiment with Viagra, alcohol and 300 strangers.
I did wonder how much of the documentary was real and how much was scripted, but Waitt subjects himself to such abject humiliation in the name of his art that I stopped caring if the scenarios were set up or not.
This film had the audience in stitches - and in certain scenes had them looking away from the screen in embarrassment.
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures is a gritty, unnerving and brutally honest comedic documentary.
*The Auckland International Film Festival is on now. Visit www.nzff.co.nz.
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