WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: Wicked Eden gives intricate look at dominatrix culture

This brash, open documentary about Dominatrix culture is one of the most surprising, no-holds-barred flicks I’ve seen in 2021.

It follows elite Goddess Alexandra Snow, a renowned fem-dom whose kinky exploits and relationships with clientele have shown she’s a master of her craft.

It’s a saucy, sexual film that strikes a balance between shock and straightforward facts as it introduces people to a part of intimate culture so many of us don’t know much about.

Perhaps what I enjoyed most about A Wicked Eden is that, unlike films like 50 Shades Of Grey, it is sex-positive and presents the kinks and love of fem-dom culture as normalized. It doesn’t choose to dramatize this legitimate interest.

Director Naddine Madell created a film that was at once informative and deeply uncomfortable, but perhaps that’s the point. I felt strange and awkward during parts of the film, but I did leave knowing a whole lot more about the subject than when I started.

It explores sexuality, the profession and gender ethics in a fresh way, and while it isn’t groundbreaking filmmaking, it will make you think and reconsider any stigma you have toward fem-dom culture.

3.5/5 Stars

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