XConfessions by Erika Lust, The Riding Lesson29 April 2021
Director Ellen Pearson and Kitty Drake
Performers Em , Maisy
A deep friendship between girls slips over into desire.
“Warm, wet water. Her hand on my clit. That flip in your stomach when you get something you never even knew you wanted.
It’s summer, the days are long, and my best friend Kay and I are waiting for something to happen to us. Anything. We live in the countryside surrounded by nothing, so Kay offers to teach me how to ride. I say yes because I always say yes to her. I’ve always been a little in awe of Kay. She’s cold in a way that makes me work for her affection.
One day, after the lesson, I’m lying in the bath and I tell Kay I hurt from the saddle. So quickly I wonder if I’ve actually imagined it, she reaches under the water and runs her hand along my thigh to brush my clit. That one touch in the secret underwater world changes things between us forever. Alone, I try to stop myself from masturbating about her. But I can’t stop.”
— By Wetdreams
An intimate coming of age story about the eroticism in friendship and the sometimes underlying sexual dynamics that we are not allowed to address between friends. The Riding Lesson is breathtakingly authentic and I love that Kitty and Ellen decided to focus on a strong narrative that builds up sexuality and tension in tiny moments. I hope this movie encourages young women to talk about and explore their desires free of shame and prejudice.
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