The fantasy ends with Judge Daryl Loomis after about an hour, when it becomes clear he's a complete jerk.
Everybody needs one hour in heaven.
Becky Lewis (Kelly-Ann Tursi, Soft money) is new to Hollywood, but she's trying as hard as she can to make the big bucks in real estate. While she saves toward this goal, Becky moonlights as Brandi, a so-called "fantasy girl." Contact her online and you can meet at a location of her choosing. For the right price she'll do just about anything, as long as there's no sex and no kissing. She's sweet and naive, but tries to act tough as she performs the bizarre fantasies of random weirdos from all over Los Angeles. When she is attacked and her pimp gets killed, she starts to wizen up a little. She elicits help from a nice-seeming john, and quickly learns that trust is something to sparingly hand out. Like everybody in this industry, he harbors secrets that can hurt her as badly as anybody ever has.
Writer/director Edgar Michael Bravo (The Three Stages of Stan) uses the somewhat strange concept of the "fantasy girl" to tell his story of a young girl trying to make her way in Hollywood. Becky doesn't want to get on the silver screen, but she does want money. More than that, she wants to overcome an abusive, alcoholic upbringing, and the only way she can express this desire is through making money. It's never made clear what Becky did before becoming a fantasy girl. We meet her just as she's beginning her journey in the profession. She is adamant about the clear distinction she makes between what she does and prostitution; she has a point about the difference, but the line between the two is razor thin. She chooses which clients she will work with and she does not have sex with them; yet she still must to do things that are as bad as or worse than sex. Her claim to do anything else is honest enough, but she likely never realized what anything might entail. As she comes to find out, some clients can get dangerous if they are refused.
The few days we spend with Becky are sad and dismal. Her current life seems pointless; she has no prospects and must endure much humiliation every day just to make enough money to get through. She has a goal of saving money to invest in real estate, but this will take so long that it seems like an unrealistic gamble. The slice of Becky's life that Bravo shows us is a rough one. She definitely deals with hardship during our time with her and the director shows it to us without reservation, but the narrative doesn't really go anywhere. Even though Bravo throws in a double murder, some theft, and more than one film's share of whippings; there just isn't very much going on in the story or with the characters. Things are essentially the same for Becky at the end as they were at the beginning, though she may be a little less trusting. None of the characters grow or change and there isn't an apparent point to the story. There's enough good in this film that the lack of tension or narrative focus is frustrating, but it's not a deal-breaker; the performances are well worth watching and the production is excellent for a project of this budget.
Bravo shows himself to be a skilled young director in One Hour Fantasy Girl. The film looks great regardless of the budget and is well performed throughout. Rush Hamden's photography is economical but stylish. Good use of the Hollywood streets and cramped hotel rooms gives an edge of despair to the film. It is a good framework for the actors, who don't have a lot of experience, but are more than adequate for the job. Kelly-Ann Tursi is attractive and very charming as Becky. She is beautiful, but looks so tired; you can see the days wearing on her and the sleepless nights starting to drive her crazy. She maintains an air of toughness, barely masking her vulnerability. Jon Morgan Woodward is effective as Becky's most regular, and most disgusting, client. Joe Luckay is equally good as her newest client, the one who tries to help her. He has a soft, boyish look to him which masks the seriously messed up reality of his life while helping Becky to trust him.
The DVD release of One Hour Fantasy Girl comes from No Restrictions Entertainment and is adequate, but nothing special. The anamorphic image is fairly strong for a film of this level, boasting a sharp video transfer with warm flesh tones and accurate colors. Like the video, there are limits to how the audio can perform, but the stereo sound mix has a powerful audio track that is balanced nicely with the dialog for a clear, strong audio track. A commentary track would have been appreciated, at least for some background on this fantasy girl concept, but there are no notable extra features.
What it lacks in drama, One Hour Fantasy Girl makes up for in performance. This is a well made, worthy indie effort that, despite some extreme subject matter, could have some wide appeal.
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