Dolore (Carolyn Yonge) is a young woman who has finally found herself in a great relationship. However, after some romantic setbacks, she’s left feeling a little insecure, as well as struggling with some anxiety. Things are looking up though, as her old friend Sinead (Jennifer Kobelt) is about to return to the city, and she can’t wait to introduce her boyfriend Riun (Sean Marshall Jr.) to her. What should be a great time for the three of them turns out to be a challenge for all Dolore’s relationships when Riun and Sinead realize that they slept together years ago. Dolore does her best to stay away from both of them, unable to overcome her insecurity and become the courageous person she wishes she was, much like the imaginary pop star alter ego Fierce (Monice Peter) that Dolore frequently talks to.
It wasn’t that long ago that I watched a film very similar to Sensitive Parts, but where that film was filled with unlikable characters and a situation filled with affairs and selfishness, Sensitive Parts is filled with kindness, honesty, and friends doing everything they can to help a person that they love. It’s very sweet, although at a running time of just over an hour, it does feel a little bit like a sitcom problem of the week, and a solution comes perhaps a little too easily.
Don’t hold that against the film though. It’s great to see characters living flawed lives, while also doing their best to be truthful, instead of running around and seeing what they can get away with. Riun truly loves Dolore, and while he has had a fling with Sinead, there are no lingering feelings. He wants to be truthful with Dolore, even though it winds up hurting her, and he’ll do anything to get her back. A man who isn’t a douchebag in a movie about romance? Brilliant.
The relationship between Sinead and Dolore is also wonderful. They share a history that you can see and feel, and they’re also not scared to show their insecurities to each other. Sinead understands the state of mind that Dolore has lived with her entire life, and accepts her as she is without becoming frustrated or leaving her behind. Dolore admires Sinead for what she doesn’t have in her own life, but will quickly learn that they’re really not all that different. It’s just about the way you handle things that separates the two.
The only odd thing in Sensitive Parts is the character Fierce. It’s never fully explained until almost the end who she actually is, and there doesn’t really seem to be much point to having her there. Monice Peter is great in the role, but it seems as if the character is only there to allow some inner dialogue of Dolore be realized on the screen. Without Fierce, we may lose a few good jokes, but the film would have taken on a more subtle touch.
That’s a small complaint though, and it doesn’t hurt the film. In fact, the light touch of Fierce in certain moments may be what the more serious aspects needs. I just wish there had been more of an explanation laid out. Really, I’m just nitpicking at this point. Sensitive Parts is a feel good film about characters who actually care, and who all deserve the best life has to offer.
If you want to support this Canadian film, you’ve got the chance to see Sensitive Parts on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Carlton Cinema. Check their website for more information.