Indie Book reviewer by day. I also moonlight as an Indie film reviewer by night. Read my latest review for The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater below!
With only 30 days to repay a massive loan, a disgraced art historian is forced into a scandalous scheme: win the heart of, and then extort, the Episcopal priest avoiding her like loose glitter. When she discovers him hiding the world’s greatest lost masterpiece, will she betray the heroic man who believes in her genius, or fall for him and doom herself to a custom pair of concrete stilettos?
—Binary Star Pictures
Meet Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus), a former genius art historian and now a Diva Dominatrix who wants out. Partnering with her friend Gabe (Shannon Brown) on a business deal, this investment is Ava’s escape to happiness. Ava comes home from a hard day’s work to find her Russian mobster boyfriend (whom she refuses to admit is) is dumping her and wants the money he loaned her to invest with back. Oh, and that money is now gone along with their investor friend Lloyd who died of an unfortunate circumstance.
Bonus she’s got 28 days to deliver. What’s a girl to do?
When offered to exploit a local priest for precisely the amount she needs, she takes the offer. Ava, though decides to play detective to find out the why. Ava learns though the priest and she are not so unlike each other in this romantic comedy adventure.
Winner for Best Comedy at the Mile High International Film Festival (2020) and directed by C.J. Julianus, The Adventures of Mistress Maneater is a witty, charming high-end indie film. Polished and smooth, it is easy to watch. Lorrisa Julianus (Ava Moriarty) dominates (pun intended) being cast as the writer of the film as well. While a fun, sweet rom-com adventure on the outside, C.J. Julianus weaves in the message about self-worth and even self-forgiveness. We all see this through the characters of Ava, of course, and Pastor Radovan (Mickey O’ Sullivan). With Radovan, it is seen through his actions. For Ava, it is shown not much through her actions, but more so through her make-up and clothes. When we first meet Ava, she is black leather red lips and fierce. As the story progresses, her clothing and make-up become lighter and softer, just as Ava is becoming softer and learning her self-worth and finding her happiness.
I am not much of a rom-com fan, but I fell in love with this movie. It was intelligent, quick-witted, and will charm your pants off. You are grabbed at the first scene and held all the way through. Of course, making a film is a group effect, but having a great cast helps. The cast of Mistress Maneater is phenomenal. It’s the best indie cast I have ever seen so far. Everyone plays off each other, so naturally, helping emersed you in the story to feel and care about everyone.
My rating ***** 5 out of 5