Boy Keeps Swinging in HBO Documentary Romance ‘There is No “I” In Threesome.’

New Zealand-based filmmaker Jan Oliver Lucks steps in front of the camera for his relationship doc ‘There Is No “I” In Threesome.’

New Zealand-based filmmaker Jan Oliver Lucks steps in front of the camera for his relationship doc ‘There Is No “I” In Threesome.” Art courtesy of HBO Max.

There are plenty of documentary filmmakers who step in front of their cameras to become part of the storytelling. New Zealand-based filmmaker Jan Oliver “Ollie” Lucks stands apart via creative risk-taking and transparency around his open relationship with his fiancé Zoe, penis size, and “straight-ish” sexuality. ‘There Is No “I” In Threesome,’ streaming on HBO Max starting on February 11 after a virtual premiere during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, delivers plenty of polygamous grinding while striking a heartfelt tone that’s worlds apart from some Pornhub video. ‘There is No “I” In Threesome’ is more heartbreaking than arousing, and better off for it.

The film waterfalls across bondage-themed parties, new boyfriends and girlfriends, and online dates. While there are moments of joy, including naked leaps from an aquatic center high dive, intense feelings of longing and sadness color take hold of ‘There Is No “I” In Threesome.’

Editor Francis Glenday keeps the storytelling moving swiftly. Co-writers Alex Reed and Natalie Medlock boost the scriptwriting with Medlock stepping from behind the camera to provide extra support.

Lucks, best known for his 2014 short ‘The Characteristics of C-Minor,’ turns out to be a compelling and sympathetic character in his open love story. Ollie may believe that Zoe shares his spirit for sexual exploration, but polygamous relationships have boundaries. You need to find the right person in sync with your interests, kinks, and values.

A behind-the-curtain production reveals near the end of the documentary pushes ‘There Is No “I” In Threesome’ a step closer towards a Christopher Guest documentary.

Twists or no twists, in this movie, the boy does not always work it out.

Director: Jan Oliver Lucks

Writers: Jan Oliver Lucks, Natalie Medlock, and Alex Reed.

Editor: Francis Glenday

Production Company: Monsoon Pictures International

Distributor: HBO Max

Behind the Curtain: A production twist involving Jan Oliver Lucks and co-writer Natalie Medlock brings an extra twist to the documentary film.

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