I might be the only one that thinks this, but coming out of Feeling Sexy the other day I could only think that it was ironic that a female director would choose to portray a woman as such an insecure creature. Now you might say that the film shows the inner turmoil of a woman trapped in surburbia. Shows her struggles and inner demons. But what it showed to me was a woman who supposedly does not feel happy with her life, and chooses the most destructive way to rectify that.Feeling Sexy, the first directorial outing for former Archibald prize winner Davida Allen, is a bold statement in womans feelings. It concerns the story of Vicki (played with impish charm by Susie Porter) who thinks that her exciting life will begin when she marries Greg (Tamblyn Lord). But even though they are very much in love, romance soon gives way to kids and domesticity, leaving Vicki feeling that she has missed out on something in life.
Vicki then embarks on a torrid affair with one of her arts students, hoping this will rekindle her lost passion. But even though it does for a time, she makes the fatal mistake of revealing her tryst with her husband, who then proceeds to ostracise her, making her life a living hell.
His reaction is quite normal, that of a husband who has been betrayed at the most fundamental level of the relationship. It is hard to feel any sort of emotional sympathy for Vicki, for she is mostly unrepentant. For her, fantasising about other men is the only way to bring any spice to her own perceived failings in her marriage. The solution to the problem is quite novel and well worth seeing merely to appreciate how your perceptions of the characters can change so dramatically within the film’s 45 min running time.Feeling Sexy on a technical level is a visually enjoyable one, with the musty, dark confines of Brisbane surburbia counterpointed against Vicki's career as an artist and to a certain extent Greg's career as a casualty ward worker. If you have already not caught this entertaining film then I would recommend doing so.