Lovelace, released in 2013, is a biographical drama film about porn actress Linda Boreman (better known as Linda Lovelace) who was the star of the 1972 film Deep Throat.
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this 2013 film depicts her life from the age of 20 to 32. The main characters include Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as her abusive husband Chuck Traynor, Sharon Stone as Linda’s mother Dorothy Boreman, Robert Patrick as Linda’s father John Boreman, and Juno Temple as Linda’s best friend Patsy.
The relationship of Chuck and Linda consume the film, but are portrayed twice; once through the eyes of Chuck, where Linda’s life seems glamorous, exciting, and perfect as she becomes a worldwide phenomenon, and once through the eyes of Linda, where Chuck’s violence is gradually exposed and her life is revealed to not as amazing and perfect as it seemed in his eyes.
Linda attempts to escape the violence and pain by going home to her mother, but her mothers turns her away and tells her that that’s what “being a good wife” involves and that she needs to uphold the duties of a “good woman”.
Now, fast forward six years, Linda divorced Chuck and married again as well as moved to Long Island and published her autobiography Ordeal, which details the mental and sexual abuse Chuck put her through as well as taking all of her earnings.
While watching this, I couldn’t help but sympathise and pity Linda. There’s the starting image of her as an innocent and responsible young adult but slowly but surely declines into what Chuck has made her into what he wanted. Be that as it may, I actually really enjoyed this film because I think this speaks out in a very interesting yet effective way about how the porn industry actually is. With movies like this – the ones that are actually based on a true story that makes you feel such powerful feelings – I find that afterwards, while the credits roll, I just sit there and think about what I just watched.
“She was such a strong woman for coming out of this a new woman, who then became happy again”
I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars, because I think that it really made the audience sympathise with her and really pulled everyone’s heart strings.
Lovelace is available to watch on Netflix.