Director Claes Lilja is careful to explain his reasons for making this documentary on kink, his personal beliefs, and how the process of interviewing so many different kinds of people has benefited his own development as a person. He is careful to differentiate between violence and sex and provides copious support for his contention that violence is non-consensual, whereas sex is consensual. From there, individuals tell their own stories. Men, women, and transsexuals representing a wide ethnic and age range; breath-play, piss-play, bondage, and foot worship enthusiasts; porn stars, tattoo artists, escorts, leather shop owners, sexologists, doctors, writers, florists, and a "BDSM healer"-all provide fascinating insights into why they do what they do. Fantasies are confessed with enthusiasm and a number of activities are shown, including hot wax play, spins on a Catherine wheel, bondage, temporary piercing, electrical and knife play, spanking, and flogging. Professionals including Dr. Carol Queen provide additional insight into this social-sexual phenomenon without breaking the flow of excitement generated by those sharing their deepest secrets-and provide academic wisdom without sounding preachy, boring, or pedantic. Pre-Nom for Best Alternative Release.