Come As You Are
Three young men with disabilities hit the road with a jaded nurse driver to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs.
Three twentysomething special-needs men go on a road trip to Spain to lose their virginity in Come as You Are, a likable seriocomedy loosely inspired by Asta Philpot, an advocate for physically-challenged sex. Genial Jozef is almost completely blind. Prankster Philip is a paraplegic. Likewise wheelchair-bound, Lars has a degenerative terminal illness that brings on paralysis and occasional fits. Fictitiously elaborating on Philpot’s real-life trips to a wheelchair-accessible Spanish brothel and his advocacy of prostitution as one sexual-expression option for the disabled, the film is never condescending, and Geoffrey Enthoven’s assured direction likewise resists overplaying the obvious emotional cues. The picture picked up the Grand Prix at Montréal and the Audience Award at KVIFF 47.More