Wicked Pictures

Powered by an extraordinary performance by Mona Wales, this is a gritty psychosexual portrait of a woman on the ropes. It was written, directed and photographed by Hank Hoffman, who shows mainstream chops in all three categories.

Wales plays the winsomely named Piper Valentine who has just been through a whole lot of trouble — cheating husband, loss of her business. “One minute your life is perfect, the next you’re nothing.” She spends her life in cheap motels in a constant state of insomnia that can only be lessened by sex. “A great orgasm and I fall fast asleep.” She gets several in a very hot scene with Ryan Driller.

Driller plays a meth dealer. His partner Chanel Preston gets the girl-girl scene, with Jenna Sativa. Piper agrees to make a pickup for them from a remote trailer park. “I just walked into a David Lynch film,” she says when she sees meth cooks Eden Sin and Tyler Nixon starting to fuck while wearing gas masks.

Things go very wrong for everyone but Piper gets away and finds some relief with a guy named Calvin (Jay Smooth) who is “not perfect, but he don’t cheat on me.”

There’s a somewhat superfluous flashback sex scene with Moka Mora and Derrick Pierce, but everything else is focused and charged. Hoffman breaks the fourth wall frequently, having Mona confide directly to the viewer. That’s a challenge for any actress, and this one is more than up to it.


Piper Valentine has lost everything. Her husband cheated, her company went bust and without either, any sense of herself and the life she had was gone. Leaving everything behind she goes on the road and develops insomnia, her life turning into a waking dream. Endless driving, seedy motels, and chance encounters become the norm as one day blurs into the next. When she meets Terry, something changes. He's sweet and the sex has a tenderness she's never encountered with a one-night stand. Ultimately, she finds out he's a drug dealer, and agrees to run an errand for him. Arriving at her destination she immediately realizes it's a meth lab, and after spending the night with cooks Phil and Faith, wakes to find herself stranded. When she doesn't return that morning, Terry and his business partner January race to find her, and although January thinks Piper is better off dead, Terry gives her a handful of cash and just maybe a way to stop running from herself.

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Jared Rutter