The first season of the provocative Canadian anthology Bliss offers eight different tales of erotica, written and directed by women, for women. The opening episode, "Valentine's Day in Jail," stars Tory Higginson as a compassionate teacher who arranges a special visit with her prize pupil -- a prisoner serving time for drug smuggling. In "Six Days," a farm woman who has never spent a day without her husband develops an intimate relationship with a hired hand (Collum Keith Rennie) while the "mister" is recovering from an accident. "Guys and Dolls" finds a successful and famous lawyer (Jenny Levine) having a fling with a stranger (Peter Wingfield) who is unaware of her true identity -- and would not be overly pleased if he found out. Tara Spencer-Naim appears in "The Value of X" as a high school senior who fantasizes about the school's most popular boy -- that is, she fantasizes what it would be like if he were a girl! In "Voice," Mikela J. Mikael is cast as a woman whose dreams are invaded by the wife (played by Veronica Hurnik) of her lover. "Leaper" concerns two lost souls (Michelle Lipper, Paula Ducharme) drawn together in an unexpectedly sinister fashion by the "suicide" of a third woman (portrayed by Mille Tresierra. Victoria Sanchez plays a mild, reserved young miss whose animalistic urges are unleashed by a martial-arts class in "The Footpath of Pink Roses." And in the season finale, "In Praise of Drunkenness and Fornication," a dinner party attended by six middle-aged couples devolves into an exercise in overindulgence (in more ways than one).
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The second season of the delightfully decadent Canadian anthology Bliss offers eight different erotic playlets, written and directed by women, for women. First up is "Three," a ribald spoof of the American sitcom Three's Company, with Jennifer Podnerski as a 29-year-old free spirit who rather spectacularly violates her platonic relationship with her two male roommates (Ben Bass, Bob Cryer). The title character of "Nina's Muse," played by Thea Gill, yearns for a physical but not spiritual close encounter with her gay neighbor and his lovers, whom she has been secretly photographing from afar. In "Cat Got Your Tongue," a 43-year-old single mother (Wendel Meldrum) gets more than she bargained for when her lust for her son's twentysomething friend is reciprocated. A young cross-dressing woman (Lynda Boyd) captures the heart of an older lady (Leslie Cottle) in "The Marvellon." "Chastity" is the story of a young postulant (Cara Pifko) who falls in love with a co-worker on the eve of taking her vows as a nun. In "Office Management," complications arise when a lady boss (Rachel Hayward) gets an eyeful of her hunky new employee. The title character of "The Piano Tuner" is a blind man (Anthony Leonides) who is "helped," so to speak, by a libidinous lady customer (Shannon Lawson). And in the season's final entry, "Aural Sex," Danny Gilmore and Raven Dauda star in the saga of an enterprising radio DJ who reads erotica over the air.
The third and final season of the adult-oriented anthology Bliss offers eight titillating tales of erotica, crafted for and about women by several of Canada's best and most prolific female writers and directors. The season begins with "Tango," one of several series entries written by the prolific Laurie Finstad-Knizhik, in which an Argentinian woman (Larissa Gomes) moves to Montreal to escape a romantic relationship with a married man -- only to fall for a seductive Tango instructor. In "Penelope's Suitors," the title character, played by Stephanie Morganstern, is a single woman living in a suburban neighborhood teeming with handsome and desirable delivery men. Shary Guthrie stars in "Tying Up Gerald" as a conservative businesswoman who tries to understand her husband's obsession with S&M -- especially since he prefers to be the submissive one. "Badness" takes place in a courtroom, where the plaintiff (Zoie Palmer) is attracted to the pertinacious defense lawyer who is determined to win the case by any means. Female hockey goalie (Jessica Greco) ponders a romance with a man who doesn't like forceful women in "Amazon." "The Arrangement" features an independent-minded Indian woman (Pamela Sinha) who is dead set against her parents' choice for her husband. In "Les Petits Mots," a freewheeling nightclub DJ (Patricia McKenzie) is drawn to a bookstore owner who prefers the quiet life. And in the series finale "Steph's Life," a woman trapped in a dull, conventional lifestyle tries to kick over the traces by web-casting her sex life.