Director: Lance Young
Writer: Lance Young
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp, Casey Siemaszko, Spalding Gray
Countries: Canada, United States
A provocative drama about sex, love, and trust, Bliss concerns Joseph and Maria, a young married couple whose relationship is in serious trouble. While they love each other, she has difficulty opening up to him, and, after six months of marriage, he makes the unhappy discovery that she’s been unable to have an orgasm with him (though she’s been willing to let him think otherwise). At work, he and his co-workers notice a steady stream of beautiful women visiting an apartment across the street; the scuttlebutt around the office is that some sort of shady sex therapist works out of the building. One day, Joseph is shocked to see Maria visiting the apartment, and he bursts in and demands to know what’s happening. The apartment does indeed house an unlicensed sex therapist, who goes by the name of Balthazar, and, before long, Joseph realizes that his teachings are about the mind as much as the body, and that he’s less concerned with orgasm than with “bliss,” which he considers an emotional and spiritual as well as physical state. Before long, he has convinced Balthazar to teach him what he knows about tantric healing and sex, in the hope that he can help heal Maria’s emotional scars, as well as help himself become a better man.