Film / Sex Mission

Sexmission (Seksmisja in Polish) is a 1984 Polish Science Fiction film.

Two men, Albert and Maks, are chosen to be cryogenically hibernated as part of a test. However, something goes very wrong and they are left frozen for many more years than they were supposed to. They wake up in a post-apocalyptic underground totalitarian world inhabited entirely by women, and find themselves defending the very fact that they're men. In the future, it seems, all of history has been re-written to only star female heroes, and men have since been done away with entirely. But is everything as it seems, and are men really useless, like the new society claims? Can Albert and Maks turn the world back on the right track?

The ensuing adventure is part sci-fi sex comedy, part harsh criticism on Eastern European Communism. Or any totalitarism. The film is still well-loved in Poland and other post-Communist countries.

This film contains examples of following tropes:

  • After the End
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Combined directly with So Much for Stealth
  • All Just a Dream: Played with, as a dream of this very trope being used occurs at one point.
  • Apocalyptic Log: A piece of newspaper from 1993 found in an old wellington reveals some details about the political situation short before the war, like dissolving of United Nations.
  • Brick Joke: Just after being woken up, protagonists have problems with artificial food, stored in weird containers. For example some sort of paste is stored in an egg-shaped jar opened by twisting it. Three guesses what happens near the finale when Lamia's served a real egg.
  • Chance Activation: The capsule is activated when one of the male protagonists curses. It makes sense considered Her Excellency, who had set the password, is male.
  • City in a Bottle: The nuclear wasteland that appears to surround the entrance hatch to the base (and the periscope used to observe the surface from the inside) turns out to be a circular backdrop in the middle of perfectly fine seaside location.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Even if the film was criticising Soviet system, it was greenlit in USSR for its aesop of evils of totalitarian society and historical revisionism. Only the title had to be changed to New Amazons, since "sex and violence propaganda" was an article of criminal code and the topic had to be avoided.
  • Depopulation Bomb: A male gene-suppressing weapon Gone Horribly Wrong exterminated the male population, due to historical revisionism of Women League. Seemingly it worked more or less as intended, but most of remaining boys were converted to women.
  • Disguised in Drag: Her Excellency!
    • Also Albert and Maks in the penultimate scene.
  • Elevator Escape: Lots of them.
  • Escape from the Crazy Place: The room where Albert and Maks are held looks almost like the one from asylum. It's even lampshaded by Maks.
    • And then it turns out the Women League's "council hall" is located directly above it.
  • Escape Sequence: Most of the film is this.
  • Fanservice: Quite a lot for obvious reasons - see Innocent Fanservice Girl below. Could also serve as Fan Disservice to some, considering that none of the women are shaved, the movie being made in 1980's Poland after all.
  • Food Fight: With pies!
  • Future Imperfect: The women of the future are brainwashed by their Straw Feminist leaders that daily-use tools, like barber razors or corkscrews, were used by men to torture women.
  • Future Food Is Artificial: Justified because of the radiation outsidenote . Actual vegetables are a valuable good, and it's hinted that posession of them is illegal. An elderly lady begs a visiting scientist not to confiscate her potato plant. Right after that, the aforementioned scientist bribes the elder with a jar of marmalade for some information regarding males.
  • Gendercide: Obviously.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Lamia
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: again, Lamia
  • Human Popsicle
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Considering that they live in all-female society, the girls have no problem with their nudity, especially around the swimming pools or during shirt swapping after games (for some reasons they don't have bras in the future), much to the delight of Maks. Albert's reaction is less enthusiastic, but then, he's the more repressed of the two.
    Albert: Our civilisation has collapsed, and all you care about is tits!
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Almost word-for-word.
  • Kangaroo Court: Last two males in Lady Land inhabited by Straw Feminists. And they are put into trial, their crime being their gender.
  • Lady Land: obviously.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The movie, made in 1984, starts in 1991. That said, action switches to 2044 fast.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Before their final escape, Albert and Maks are sentenced to become organ donors; their remains are to be turned into high-protein nutrient.
  • Our Graphics Will Suck in the Future: 2044's security systems run on ZX Spectrum, apparently.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All randomly encountered women are completely unaware the the protagonists' true gender, so Albert and Maks can easily pass for women, as long as they adress each other in feminine forms. It works most of the time.
  • Phlebotinum Pills: All women are reminded by the computers to "take their pills". While it seems a minor background detail at first, the pills are vital to the one-gender system running smoothly. They convert the women's sex drive into professional ambitions, resulting in an asexual, career-oriented society.
    • When Lamia's interest in the captured men starts wandering into unprofessional territories, she stops taking her pills. The withdrawal makes her even more unprofessional, resulting in a High-Heel–Face Turn.
    • When the protagonists stumble upon a Decadent Camp, they spot couples making out, since Decadents are off the pills and thus have a healthy sex drive.
  • Precision F-Strike: Conveniently turns out to be the password for the lift to the surface, supposedly know only by Her Excellency. Cue surprised reactions from the clueless elevator guards.
    Guard 1: What does that mean?
    Guard 2: I don't know!
    • It works on multiple levels - the password, while usually just translated as "fuck" when put into sentences without context, translates literally as "your mother is a whore", something no woman would say.
  • The Reveal: At one late point, we learn that Max's daughter survived the war, and is now filled with rainbows due to her wishes of applying revenge upon her father. The reason of revenge is leaving her and her mother for the duration of experiment. Come to think of it, her mother's attitude (as seen in the beginning of the movie) might have influenced daddy's decision.
    • Even later, we learn that the world wasn't completly destroyed in the war. In fact not all men went extinct, however due to the Depopulation Bomb being rather effective anyway, the Women League enforced sex change operations on survivors. Her Excellency turns out to have been a man all along, surviving due to his mother's plan to disguise him.
  • Right Under Their Noses
  • Shout-Out: Multiple.
    • Maks's surname, Paradys, connects it to novel Paradyzja. Its author, Janusz Zajdel, also wrote Cylinder van Troffa, which has Cold Sleep, Cold Future as its main plot and features Earth as a(n almost) No Woman's Land.
    • At one point, list of older women's names is displayed, and it's seemingly full of various shout outs. Most obvious ones are obscured director's surname as well as Kwinto, one of protagonist of Machulski's earlier movie, Vabank.
    • Another one to Vabank - remember the black tourist in white clothes, who was walking an enormous dog? There is one in this movie too (it's the lady asking for directions).
  • Situational Sexuality: The Decadents reawaken sexually once the Pill wears off, and there aren't any men left in the world, so what's a girl supposed to do?
  • Straw Feminist: All women.
  • Symbolism: A Communist bloc specific variety; it's for Getting Crap Past the Radar, specifically political crap. There are multiple parallels between the presented society and socialistic one, with females representing the proletariate. At some points this gets quite blatant (including a scene parodying parliament assembly).
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: The protagonists wake up from their hibernation in the year 2044, fifty years overdue.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Naturalisation, for enforced sex change operation.
  • Used Future: At one point two female workers complain about the malfunctioning equipment at their workplace.
  • Zeerust: The world of 2044 is full of monochromatic CRT screens, ZX Spectrum computers, and robotic vacuum cleaner seen in one scene doesn't exactly look like a Roomba.
    • The world was turned into ruin in early 90's, with women fleeing into mines, so it can count more as Fridge Brilliance... from a certain point of view.
  • Woman in Black: The Special Section enforcers and the Genetix staff wear black uniforms. Special mention goes to Emma Dax, who seems to pull double shifts as a member of both.