BY FIONA MACDONALD
good at sex,". says Leo- nominated, director Penelope
area of expertise must have come in handy for the filming
of the erotic thriller Dangerous Attraction. Buitenhuis
was hired on for the film, which she says is "about a
woman in lust and in love with two characters who are
the same man. The woman is the main character - it's
all about her dealing with her sexuality; she's a straight-laced
girl and she goes on a bender. Shes in love with one
character because he's so good, his passion is slow and
not consummated, and she's in lust with the bad boy and
their passion is consummated numerous times on screen.
It's the same actor playing both characters and you really
can't tell. The whole accent, body language and character
very sexy and there's a fair amount-of violence. Part of
the reason they hired me is that I'm good at sex, That's
what I do."
fact Buitenhuis spoke about her Leo nomination in the midst
of shooting for her next film, Tokyo Girls, about
Western women who work as hostesses in Japan. "It's about
temptation," she says of the film that tracks four Canadian
women, some of whom succumb to the seedy side of life in
Tokyo. She also seems .to have a fondness for rock 'n'
- roll having just secured funding' from B.C. Film "to
rewrite my script Punk Not Dead. It's about a punk
who's been preserved in beer for 20 years."
her Leo nomination Buitenhuis says "I'm surprised a little
bit because (the film) is not standard fare but I'm thrilled.
was drawn to the project for both its erotic content and
by the idea of one actor convincingly portraying two utterly
different personas. "I liked the idea of one character
playing two roles because I wondered if I could pull it
off. It was a challenge. And I like doing sex scenes, and
there were quite a few of those. I also wanted to see if
I could frighten people."
appears to have succeeded and says the audience for the
premiere "seemed to be scared in all the right places."