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call me a ghost

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Call Me a Ghost is a trip into the darkest corner of our minds. It all starts with our protagonist, who’s going through an intense depression.

One day, at home, he hears unexpected noises. In the darkness, under a cold white light, a smoking hot supernatural being rests.

Is fear a stronger feeling than sadness? Is there a place for desire in the unknown? Could them, together, find pleasure?

Director: Noel Alejandro
Cast: Valentin and Pierre.
Year: 2017
Length: 22 Minutes
Language: English
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  1. Cath

    “I’m a ghost.
    I don’t have to go out. I don’t have to work. I don’t have to see anyone – I don’t even have to dress. I’m just wandering. Watch things. Watch you. I like watching you”

    Porn has always been regarded as something dirty, perverted, unhealthy, made exclusively for men, by men, and at the expense of a healthy depiction of women’s desires, their physical and emotional well-being. As a woman I can certainly call the majority of what I’ve seen exploitative, abusive, extremely sexist and one of the great reasons why so many of us grow up with a faulty idea of sex, of how it should be, of how it must be performed, causing so much hurt and real harm to ourselves, our relations and lives as a whole.

    But you know, it certainly needn’t be this way.

    We’re just not used to questioning porn, and we’re wrong. It is not a matter of censorship, but a matter of being true to the plurality of human experience. A genre dedicated exclusively to depicting this incredibly vast aspect of life cannot be so limited.

    Why can’t porn be hot and melancholic?
    Why can’t it be kinky and positive to women?
    Why can’t these films be emotional and artistic and enjoyable for both men and women (cis and trans) everywhere?
    Why is adult cinema usually so detached from actual human emotion?

    I may not know enough about adult cinema (or gay erotica for that matter), but I know that what people like Erika Lust and Noel Alejandro are doing for the genre is absolutely groundbreaking.
    We need more voices, and absolutely more women behind the camera – everywhere there’s a camera on, not just here.
    Noel used to work as a film editor for Lust’s X-Confessions series, compilations of shorts filmed from selected fantasies anonymous people would submit to her blog.
    And they’re incredible! Fun porn. Feminist porn. Independent art porn. New wave porn. Whatever you call it: these are films made by people who feel joy in making them, who have the desire to express feeling and be positive about sexuality while being creative and personal. Where is the harm in being emotional in porn?

    “Call me a Ghost” has the answer to that specific question.

    Noel Alejandro talks about feeling sad and depressed and still being sexual. For that he takes great advantage of the sensuality that exists in simply watching – a pleasure we all movie buffs know very well – and of our ability to dive in feeling and imagination, even when we’re by ourselves. It gives us proof, to be 100% sure, for all time, that porn and emotion, even sadness, do blend well together. And that being positive about sex doesn’t necessarily mean we only have to depict happiness in it.

    If one of the most ridiculous aspects of (bad) porn is the writing, “Call Me a Ghost” really teaches you differently in those last 5 minutes. The simple fact that Alejandro chose to place that dialog at the end, after you thought you already got what you came for, and the way he chose not to explain the character’s unhappiness, tells us a lot about the film’s universal message and creativity. When we’re depressed, being in a bubble is easy. Great, in fact. When we don’t want to work or go outside or see other people our own company is all we need. And that’s part of life – or at least it should be. Our modern world tells us to be happy and sociable and productive at all times, but that’s just not possible. Being introspective (in sex and in life) can be just as necessary sometimes in order to get in touch with who we really are: our naked selves, free and stripped from society’s expectations. It is as important as being able to celebrate the joy of living, the importance of connecting with others and dancing to a different tune in our lives. And the most important thing: sex doesn’t need to be out of the conversation whenever we talk about all these things.

    Visuals-wise, the film materialises sadness in this beautiful, poetic way: an old, empty and broken house. The use of blue and natural light that is so delicate. Classical music clashes with noisy, punk-ish post-rock. The way it takes its time and isn’t afraid of dedicating more than half of the movie’s length to non-explicit scenes is also wonderful. Details like that curious moustache, a nostalgic element (small homage to 70’s male porn stars I presume?). Even the use of English, which could’ve felt like an intrusive element, didn’t bother me. Both actors were so charming in its use and in portraying each character’s truths with tenderness that it made no difference.

    “Call Me a Ghost” is a pretty great film: visually gorgeous, extremely sexy and in touch with its feelings. Proof that porn is changing, and so must we. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it, we should talk about it more, and definitely watch more of it, specially the ones that speak not only to our bodies, but also to our hearts and minds.

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  3. Saskia

    good one!

  4. Mark Everett Sanders

    I enjoyed watching the film. However, I felt the guy was dreaming and it wasn’t a ghost.

  5. Mark Everett Sanders

    You are correct. Porn needs more creative and Noel supplies it.

  6. Loorent

    Where comes from the last music ? So beautiful….

  7. Ed.

    Just watched Call Me a Ghost for the first time. I thought it was beautiful! It took me on a ride from the passionate to the spiritual, two realms I know are intertwined, and left me with the thought that we do have free, friendly spirits who watch over us, and engage us, even if only in dreams. Thanks for your work. I look forward to more.

  8. André

    This is just so exceptional that I cannot find the right words — so much sensitivity, beauty, tenderness and an undeniable eye for aesthetics and artistry. This is not porn, this is vivid, dynamic storytelling. I’m absolutely in awe.

  9. Kagura

    Beautiful and poetic, as always! Thanks for this 🙂

  10. Israel

    The color temperature of the film is so intense. I look forward to catching more of your work in the future Noel.

  11. Ivan

    Is beauty part of our imagination? A mere image created in our mind for the sake of our release and as a window to our desires? The blue light, the trembling skin,the pearly sweat, the piercing eyes… a true reflection of Noel Alejandro’s high perception of subtle beauty. Rare in today’s fast paced world. A new term should be set for Noel Alejandro’s films as they do not enter the realm of pornography… more accurately described as erotic-passionate-postmodern sexual narratives. An intense delight for the senses.

    • noelalejandro

      thanks Ivan for your beautiful words <3 I'm so happy that the film touched you.

  12. Edouard

    Magnificent…

  13. Andy

    I’ll never think of that Schubert impromptu the same way ever again LOL Can’t wait to see the film when it comes out!

  14. Georges

    Looks interesting! I like how it gives you a very subtle feeling about the film. Very gentle and sensual! Looking forward to seeing it!

  15. Toby

    I think it’s high time that we saw a trailer

    • noelalejandro

      The trailer will see light on Wednesday, and the film will be available online the 17th.. Thanks for the patience 🙂

  16. Sarthak

    When is the trailer coming out?

  17. Eric

    Could you pls post a review clip?

    • noelalejandro

      Sure, I will right now. Just a little tease 😉

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