BDSM in the Mainstream: a Preview of the Finnish BDSM film, ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’.

We here at the Buzz are always on the lookout for occasions where BDSM culture is adopted by the mainstream. We do this, not to look for inaccuracies or to call people out for misrepresenting the scene for their own benefits (although that was definitely a factor in our response to the 50 shades debacle). No, we do so in the hope that the scene may become more naturalised, more acceptable and less demonised in the press. And this film, titled ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’, seems a definite step in the right direction. Considering that the director, Jukka-Pekka Valkeaa, had no experience of the BDSM scene and neither did his scriptwriter, we think he absolutely nailed it. How did he do it then? Well, instead of drawing on his own experiences, he admitted he didn’t have the knowledge and instead consulted a Domme by the name of Wild Ira. It became her job to provide this knowledge, her advice, and to check the plots authenticity and flow – with excellent results.

The plot thickens…

This film is harrowing – and I mean this in the best way possible; using the vehicle of BDSM to explore the identities of the main characters in a way that feels emotionally honest. The scene is set, when the grieving lead Juha is a wandering shell of a man, emotionally withdrawn after a tragic loss. This outlook is then one day overturned in an unprecedented fashion when he escorts his teenage daughter to a tattoo parlour. Instead of entering the parlour, he accidentally blunders his way into a dungeon where he meets his Domme, Mona, who administers asphyxiation sessions to the grieving Juha. Via these asphyxiation sessions, by nearing death and feeling rebirth within himself, he is thus enabled to feel closer to his departed wife. Monas sessions thus help him by giving him a gateway to her final moments. Morbid, I know; but an undoubted ‘A’ for originality and for highlighting the fact that breath-play isn’t by its nature ‘evil’, as those outside the scene generally are given to portray it.

A fine departure from Hollywood norms

What struck me most about the film was the authenticity of the sessions, in particular. It’s easy to overdo these things in the traditional Hollywood style, resulting in an experience akin to watching some dodgy 80’s hardcore with an unusually complex plot. But that didn’t happen here, and there’s a reason behind that. Valkeaa and Wild Ira, in the interests of authenticity, had the actors sit in on a few sessions – to see how it really worked. They sat through three sessions in total and seem to have been profoundly affected by their experience (good job, Wild Ira!). The actor playing Juha, the very handsome Pekka Strang, remarked on the experience: “To see the client and the Dominatrix, from being into this roleplay of teasing and being teased, suddenly become normal, like everyday people in an accident… that clash was really interesting!”. I could be overplaying this, but to me it sounds like Strang could have dropped any preconceived notions he may have had as a result of this experience! And, of course, such a revelation no doubt enabled him to give the performance he did.

‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ has so far received an overwhelmingly positive response from the BDSM community at large. With the release date looming on March 20th of this year, we definitely recommend adding this to your watch list. It would also be interesting to hear your thoughts on its authenticity. Do you reckon the BDSM scenes are an accurate portrayal of the reality in this film, or are they just a spicier version than those in the likes of 50 Shades of Gray?

Written exclusively for Female Fetish Federation

2 responses to “BDSM in the Mainstream: a Preview of the Finnish BDSM film, ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’.”

  1. Hey. This was actually initially released as far back as a year ago for the Cannes Film Festival, but will only be available to the public tomorrow (a long delay, I know). I’m hoping it ruffles a few feathers as it’s pretty ‘out there’! Can’t wait for the tabloid reviews in particular!

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