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Some years after a “nuclear kiss” has rendered most people “negatives”—unable to have sex; “the mere touch of another makes them violently ill”—citizens flock to a cafe to watch what they can no longer do. The protagonists include a wife who conceals that she's still a “positive” and gets horny, but Stephen Sayadian's 1982 film is more interesting for its high style. The cafe acts are done up as Hollywood production numbers—a man dances wearing a giant phallic pencil mask while two women in an oil company office move with a mechanical repetitiveness that's mirrored in the copulations that follow—that make explicit the sexual subtext of mass entertainment. 80 min.

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