Date of review: 23 August 2018
Imitation Girl is the story of an alien being sent down to Earth in the form of a black goo, only to quickly metamorph into the shape of a human female. She learns to respond to the body's requirements for sustenance and is soon taken in by an adult brother and sister living together, where she learns to speak and interact with other humans.
Meanwhile we witness the life of a young woman in the adult entertainment industry, doing what she can to get by. The glimpses we have into her personal life showcase a mixture of external popularity and internal struggles. Most importantly of all, she bears a striking resemblance to the form chosen by the alien visitor to this planet.
By far the strongest aspect of this film is the acting. Lauren Ashley Carter is the female lead and plays the dual role of both the alien and the adult entertainment actress, and she performs both roles flawlessly. This type of film is focused more on the characters than on the plot, and it is Carter's excellent acting which makes this a pleasure to watch. Indeed the plot itself is somewhat curious, for there are several other threads of story revolving around the dual characters but ultimately they are not the focus of the film and we do not see their resolution.
During the early scenes with the alien, we have a very ethereal soundtrack which fits well with the atmosphere of the film, while in those with the adult actress a more urban soundtrack can be heard which also fits the context of the scenes.
In truth the ending was somewhat mystifying and left me with more questions than answers, but all in all it was an enjoyable film to watch and I thoroughly recommend it if you enjoy the type of story that focuses more so on the characters than on the events.
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