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sex, lies, and videotape

Written and directed by Steven Soderbergh

USA, 1989

The quiet power of sex, lies, and videotape often gets lost in the cultural influence the film had. It’s often hailed as one of the first real independent films to make an impact and as the movie that announced the arrival of Steven Soderbergh. But beneath all of that is an often challenging film. The characters aren’t particularly likable; the situations they put themselves and others in aren’t pretty. But once you come out on the other side, you realize you’ve seen something unlike anything else.

Soderbergh once said that lies are the “necessary grease to social interaction,” and really, isn’t that the point of the film? For these characters to function, they must lie to everyone. sex, lies, and videotape turns sex, but more importantly for these characters, relationships into a competition. It »

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