514. Dream Doll – Bob Godfrey, Zlatko Grgic

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SUMMARY: A lonely man begins a relationship with an inflatable doll that seems to have a mind of its own.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bob Godfrey and Zlatko Grgic’s bizarre ‘Dream Doll’ is a parody of French film ‘The Red Balloon’, only with the titular balloon replaced by a lifesize sex doll. ‘Dream Doll’ is a cut-above the other leery sex films of Bob Godfrey (although there’s still an evident breast fixation on display here), which were generally one-note affairs in which stiff-upper-lipped British men talked frankly about sexual fantasies or positions, without ever breaking from their incongruously inhibited manner of speaking (see ‘Karma Sutra Rides Again’… actually, don’t!). Where ‘Dream Doll’ wins over these flimsier films is in its unlikely achievement of real pathos and emotional involvement in the story of a lonely man who attempts to start a relationship (both physical and romantic) with a sex doll that seems to have a mind of its own. The ending, including one moment of genuine sadness, is unforgettable. There’s a really creepy but somehow sweet feel to ‘Dream Doll’ and, though it has undoubtedly dated, it’s still a very impressive oddity.

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