Concussion [REVIEW]

Concussion

In the new film Concussion, Abbey is hit on the head by a baseball at her son's game. It is not life-threatening, but it turns out to be life changing, and she embarks on a new path to explore another side of her sexuality.

The new awakening would be fine if Abbey (played by a very good Robin Weigert) was single, however, she's not. She's married to her partner Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence), a frigid high-powered attorney who is also the bread winner of the family. They've got two children and a wide circle of friends, mostly straight women and couples, and live in leafy quiet suburban New Jersey.

Abbey, who's 40-ish, spends her time being a housewife, taking care of the children, going to spinning class at her gym, and getting the occasional writing gig, so it appears on the surface she is living a simplistic, boring married life. After her concussion, however, Abbey (presumably with presumably Kate's money), buys a worn-down Manhattan apartment and plans to fix it up, enlisting the help of D.I.Y. man Justin (the very sexy Johnny Tchaikovsky). Abbey tells Justin that after her concussion she feels like she wants more sexually, something new and exciting. And after paying a woman prostitute to satisfy her sexual needs, it's not too long before Justin arranges, with the help of his college girlfriend who puts her way through school by being a pimpess, for Abbey to start seeing women in the new flat, women who will pay Abbey for sex.

Was it the concussion that changed Abbey? For her this is a new experience, as well as a sexual awakening. She's nervous at first, but then she becomes very comfortable with female customers from all walks of life: a young, fat woman who's never had sex before, an older woman who appears to fall for Abbey, and also one woman who turns out to be a neighbor (a very sexy Maggie Siff). But that doesn't stop Abbey; she's getting a thrill from her new 'hobby.' And she assumes that Kate won't find out because Kate is too busy with her job and is practically neglecting the family, but it turns out that Abbey gets too caught up in these sexual escapades and starts neglecting her role in the family as well.

First-time writer and director Stacie Passon creates a film that could have been about either a straight or a gay couple. Passon's uniqueness and clarity comes through in the character of Abbey, a woman who literally needed to get knocked in the head to realize that perhaps something was missing in her life, and that women, whether gay or straight, have sexual needs that at times their partners can't fulfill. In Concussion, Passon successfully takes us to a whole different level of a lesbian relationship, with excellent performances throughout.

Concussion will be available on DVD on 8 September 2014.