The Sex Temple (2015) by Johan Palmgren is a fascinating look into Sweden’s changing sexual liberalism and rise of Christian moralism.
The film documents two opened minded businessmen who join forces to pursue their dreams in the Swedish town of Norrkping. Robin who is on the verge of bankruptcy is desperately trying to hold on to his historic beautiful theatre which is a venue for LGBQT events besides being his home where he lives with his husband, and a depressed Christian wants to re-open his Adam and Eve swingers’ club which burnt down in a fire. Robin who has sunk all his financial resources into the theatre to keep it afloat rents out his cellar to Christian who renovates the space to accommodate his swingers’ club. While the two men see nothing wrong in their business arrangement, the residents of the town want nothing to do with it and mount an unrelenting media smear campaign against them in order to shut them down. “What the heck?” I thought.
The Sex Temple is an intimate, character-driven reality drama as it chronicles the trials, triumphs and tribulations of both men. Johan Palmgren does an excellent job in giving us intimate portraits of these two likeable bedfellows as they live their lives, pursue their goals and cope with the negative press and opposition to their partnership. The dramatic tension doesn’t let up in the documentary and if you want to find out what happens to Robin and Christian and the Arbis Theatre, well then, you’ve got to see this documentary. Palmgren does a wonderful job in capturing the vitality of the LGBQT community associated with the Arbis Theatre which I loved tremendously and demystifying the stigma associated with swingers’ clubs.
I found the documentary thought provoking and wondered what was happening to Sweden’s sexual liberalism and not letting people live their lives. I highly recommend it for you won’t be disappointed.
The Sex Temple will be playing at various theatres:
Hart House Theatre on April 30 @ 9:45 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre 7 on May 1@ 4:30 p.m.
Hart House Theatre on May 8 @ 9:15 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased here!