Tomer Heymann is one the brightest documentary filmmakers currently in the industry. Eight years in the making his film based on the life of porn superstar Jonathan Agassi delivers a layered and tough window on the porn industry, family and personal demons of man living through a created persona.
From the outset this is a fly on the wall documentary that has no intention of muting or censoring the life of its lead. Providing the audience with a filter free exploration of a life lived at the limits of a porn industry based on money, fantasy and bodies as financial commodities. But more than this, it’s a documentary that explores the interpersonal and family connections of a man who lives through a character owned by millions of men worldwide; a body in the public domain, fulfilling fantasy while hiding the emotional trauma of this role.
Agassi delivers a truly brave window into his life, one that at times he has no control over. While Heymann navigates the ethical issues of filming Agassi with a delicate, yet powerful touch; never shying away from the hard realities of his life.
A documentary that delivers far more societal commentary than you initially expect. Jonathan Agassi is complex and brave personal journey that talks to the social issues of drugs, mental health and homophobia prevalent in gay male communities.