A busy doctor and his house-bound wife their domestic duties and the challenges of bringing up children. Vicki (Susie Porter) is tired of the drudgery, returns to painting and meets a handsome art student.

3.5
Davida Allen whose life the film is based on has done a terrific job depicting what it is like to be an artist trapped in a suburban existence.

Feeling Sexy starring Susie Porter has recently been released on DVD and revisiting it some 10 years later was a real treat. It is the story of Vicki, a young wife and mother who is an aspiring artist. In fact Vicki has so much creativity and desire inside her that real life seems very mundane in comparison. She employs her vivid imagination wherever possible to make her world more attractive and bearable.

I really enjoyed Feeling Sexy on so many levels. Artist, writer and director Davida Allen whose life the film is based on has done a terrific job depicting what it is like to be an artist trapped in a suburban existence.

Vicki’s insatiable appetite for excitement, romance and sex is at odds with the ordinary world offered by her husband and kids. So Vicki escapes into a world of paint and fantasy, which is both engaging and entertaining.

Susie Porter is so, so good as Vicki. She is raw, funny and likable. I can’t imagine what the film would be like without her.

Maybe it is because I now have children and a husband that I relate so well to what Allen was trying to say about art and life; the thin line that divides the two. And how one’s imagination, if acknowledged, can be our salvation.

Feeling Sexy is well worth another look and the commentary from the filmmaker and actors is amusing and enlightening.
Good stuff 3.5 stars. 'Feeling Sexy" is available on DVD.

David`s comments: Susie Porter is so sensationally good as the heroine in this filmlet by Davida Allen that she overwhelms co-star Tamblyn Lord to the extent that you wonder why on earth such a talented and attractive woman could see in such a nerd - not quite what Allen intended. There`s enough material here for a feature (it runs only 47 minutes), but many scenes seem truncated. Still, as a personal story of a woman`s sexual life this alternately comic and painful little film impresses most of the time.