by director Sebastian Gutierrez
Dear Smart Film Goer,
First things off, you look great. Sexy but mysterious, with just the right amount of debonair, slightly berserk vibe about you.
I am often asked why I would decide to make a trilogy of films dealing with the ups and downs of the love lives of several women in Los Angeles when other film trilogies about elves and intergalactic battles have already exhausted these themes, but I insist that those great franchises have not quite tackled the themes as we do. One of the main things about producing low budget independent films is that you're supposed to appeal to as many people as possible in order to make the most amount of money, but there too, I disagree. I mean, not with the making money part. It is absolutely true that horror movies and movies that are very linear and simple are a safer way of warranting sequels and making money (this from someone who has written a couple of those types of movies), but after much thoughtful consideration, a group of actors (mostly actresses) and myself decided to craft a world interweaving women from different walks of life in Los Angeles having a potentially disastrous day. This movie, prequel to what you're about to see, is called Women in Trouble. It introduced a few of these characters and set the stage for this story, which revolves around the character of Elektra Luxx, played by Carla Gugino.
I know what you're thinking—I didn't see that movie, what am I doing here?—Do not despair. This is where I come in to help you out. If you never saw the preceding chapter in this saga, the next three points will bring you up to date. If you did see it, read them anyway, so you don't come across as one of those really fast readers that make the person next to you feel inferior.
Here's what happened in Women in Trouble:
1. Adult film superstar Elektra Luxx found out she's pregnant with the child of rockstar Nick Chapel (played by Josh Brolin in Women in Trouble) who suffers a fatal mishap while (almost) engaging in sex with flight attendant Cora (Marley Shelton). Elektra decides to quit the porn industry and wonders what to do with her life.
2. Her co-star Holly Rocket (Adrianne Palicki) is not very good at her job and has a crush on her call-girl best friend Bambi Lindberg (Emmanuelle Chriqui). She has yet to admit this.
3. Bert Rodriguez (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a blogger obsessed with Elektra Luxx. He interviewed her once.
That's it. With those facts, you are good to go. This movie picks up about one month after the events of the first one.
Elektra Luxx is about one day in the life of a non-judgemental woman who escaped a traditional small town background by discovering she had a real talent for having sex on camera and now finds herself in a position where she needs to become a grownup and has no idea how to go about it. She is a person out of place and out of time, at odds with everything around her. She's a pragmatist, but has no direction. She's looking for love but doesn't trust it. She doesn't have many friends in her new life and maybe the only constant confidant in her world is the Virgin Mary—even that is a complicated relationship, fraught with Catholic guilt and feelings of inadequacy.
Elektra Luxx is a mixture of genres, dipping its feet in musicals and even b&w style South American soaps, all under the umbrella of what is basically a 40's style women's picture. Melodrama pushed into the realm of absurd comedy, but where the emotions are real. It was made on the cheap and super fast (15 days!) by a talented group of actors excited about playing roles different from the usual good girl/bad girl of much regular Hollywood fare.
It's a true independent film, made for no other reason than to entertain ourselves and hopefully you as well.
Approach with playful caution.