Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman
Screenplay: Andy Bellin
Linda Lovelace was the first porn star to make a certain kind of movie, and she became instantly famous. She was in the spotlight and everyone loved her. If only everyone could have seen what was happening in the background of her fabulous life. Linda got married very young to a seemingly kind man named Chuck Trainer. Her parents liked him and so did everyone else. So how could such a charming man be such a monster when he was at home? Chuck abused Linda on a regular basis, sexually and physically. This story shows the truth of Linda’s so called glamorous life. While this is a story about Linda Lovelace specifically it also shines a light on the dark and scary parts of the porn industry, and of the people involved in the porn industry.
Linda lives in the sickest and more painful myth imaginable. Linda lives in the myth of abuse. Being married so young there was no way Linda could have known Chuck was such an awful person. She was in love. He treated her like a princess and told her how beautiful she was constantly. She deserved all of that, but she never deserved what else he “gave” her. Linda suffers from the same myth millions of women around the world suffer from. It seems like there is no way out of it, it seems like you will die without that person in your life. That is the problem with this myth, there is such a mental lock when it comes to that person, there really is no logical way to get out of it, to the victim. Luckily Linda finds a way out of this myth into a new and safe life with an incredibly decent and understanding man. Through this Linda’s new myth is empowerment. She finds her voice and uses it to tell her story and to help other women who need to get out of the same myth Linda was stuck in.
This film in incredibly independent, the sexual abuse, drinking, and drugs are much more targeted for the independent audience than the mainstream audience. There are scenes where the audience is silenced by the horror of what happens to Linda. That just doesn’t happen in mainstream theaters today. On the mainstream-independent scale I would give this a 7. Although this was a premiere film, I felt like the only place I could see this comfortably would be at Sundance. The Sundance audience seems to understand and accept more of the themes in this film than mainstream audiences would. This film was disturbing at parts but was more moving than anything. It really opens the audiences eyes to a new world, and isn’t that the point of independent film?