The mixture of confessional, making of, and actual narrative creates a sort of playful tone that especially heightens the humor of the sex scene (as the director is directed in her own sex scene and awkwardness ensues). It completely demystifies the process of filmmaking and especially the sex scene itself, emphasizing the constructed nature of the relationship we're seeing. Within the narrative, sure, it's a real thing, but within reality, these are two actresses doing their jobs. The end result, though, is to bring attention to the fact that Dunye is a storyteller--the film even opens with one of her friends/co-filmmakers asserting her trustworthiness like some campfire raconteur assuring her charges that this story they're about to hear about the masked machete killer is Totally True. It doesn't matter if it is or not; it just matters how that assertion affects the tone of the film.
52 project: 36/52
February count: 25/28