Behind the scenes footage from productions by French pornographer HPG spanning over several years has been edited together as a true look into the world of porn.
Pornography is so mythified that I always find it interesting when documentaries give us a look into the business, only to show that it is indeed just a business like any other. Often, it's the portraits of the individuals in it that makes it all fascinating to get a glimpse of - think of legendary names like John Holmes or Lolo Ferrari.
Still it seems like the documentaries might be hiding some of what is going on. The boredom, the nervous newbie, the desperate, etc. "There Is No Sexual Rapport" has obviously been edited together through a ton of footage, so there is more to examine, but what we get here is very interesting for many reasons. Like other ones before it, it shows the business side of an independent (I guess) pornographer, but this one digs deeper into what happens between takes. We see porn stars standing around looking bored out of their skulls and at times even annoyed at their job - then as the camera starts filming they start smiling and fucking like it's all they want to do. That's business! This is how the documentary starts. Slow, uncomfortable boredom on screen.
Then things start to happen: we find out how to fake blowjobs, spanking and general sex for softcore scenes. We see two porn stars having sex still when the camera is off because they felt a connection. We get a 19 year old man who wants to break into the business but doesn't have the confident - and the director who tells him anything he can to boost it. These are just a few of many situations. There are many scenes in the documentary that are uncomfortable and tense, especially because I couldn't entirely appreciate the director. Business-wise he knew what he was doing and what he wanted, and he doesn't let anyone get harmed, but his attitude and manipulative behavior came off as a bit hard to watch: I especially felt a slight repulsion when he seemed to sweet talk an overweight chick after a scene once he realized she was into him - it leads to a blowjob under the table while he is browsing the computer. Was it manipulation or just showing a man who has been in the business so long that he sees it all differently? I don't know.
Besides HPG's sometimes weird behavior, I do think the documentary is interesting. What it especially is, is honest. It shows a variety of things that go on between takes, and by the time it's over you actually feel you know a bit more about that side of the industry. Between meeting the people he works with and getting some tips and tricks, I'd suggest "There Is No Sexual Rapport" to people with an interest in documentaries on similar subjects.