Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Strangers meet and share a night of passion and truth.
Alternate Titles: Habitaci
Year: 2010
Duration: 109 min
Language: Spain/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Julio Medem
Writer: Julio Medem, Katherine Fugate
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso

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Room in RomeBody and soul seem to be the words that stick with this film  – and body it has for sure!  The film opens as Alba lures a not-too-reluctant Natasha up to her hotel room.  Within ten minutes of film time they are naked and in bed.  And if you are a thigh and backside person, you’re in luck because both Alba and Natasha have the goods.

Those of you who have been lucky enough to have a hotel tryst know that once the clothes come off, they rarely go back on until the affair is over, and so it goes in Room in Rome. Alba, apparently very comfortable with her body, even proudly greets room service in the buff.  Some of the shots were definitely orchestrated to show the best of the bodies, but the film is more than about sex. In fact, after 30 minutes of super-saturation of legs and ass, the flesh becomes secondary to the plot – a game of truth and trust.

Room in Rome is a remake of the 2005 Chilean film, En la cama (In Bed), where a man and woman meet at a café and end up in a hotel together and share secrets and sex, but this time, the protagonists are both female. In this version, Xena writer Katherine Fugate crafted some of the dialogue.

Alba is played by Spanish actress Elena Anaya (Talk to Her, Sex & Lucia) and Natasha is played by Russian, Natasha Yarovenko (Diary of a Nymphomaniac). Anaya, who worked with writer/director Julio Medem, in Sex & Lucia, was cast from the start, while a friend introduced Yarovenko to Medem after an unsuccessful casting search.  Room in Rome incorporates each woman’s ethnicity into the story, with the geographical distance of their homes as a metaphor for the differences in each woman’s life outside the hotel room. As each woman reveals layers of truth about her life  – who’s really a lesbian and what each other has to lose – the two go from being strangers to emotional confidants and lovers.  (CJ)