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Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

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Ann is married to John, who is having an affair with her sister Cynthia. Ann's a quiet type and unwilling to let herself go. When John's old friend, Graham, shows up, all their lives change. Graham likes to videotape interviews with women. Written by Rob Hartill

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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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$24,741,700 (USA)
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Each of the four main characters reflects a part of Steven Soderbergh's personality. "At times, I've acted very much like the husband (who is having a torrid affair with his wife's sister)," he told the Chicago Tribune. "Other times, I've been in the Graham mode (the husband's impotent friend, who relates to women sexually only by videotaping them talking about their sex lives). I've also been like Cynthia (sleeping with her sister's husband) when there was a political content to my relationships with women. And there are times when I've been like Ann (the frigid wife), feeling very prudish and put off from sexual things." See more »

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When Ann asks John if he is having an affair, Ann says "alright, alright you've made your point," but her lips move out of sync. See more »

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[first lines]
Ann: Garbage. All I've been thinking about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinking about it.
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This film is dedicated to Ann Dollard 1956-1988 See more »

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Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Sex, Lies and Larvae (2000) See more »

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Written by Mark A. Mangini
Performed by Mark A. Mangini
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Spader is amazing!
8 November 2001 | by (Nether Realm) – See all my reviews

Spader's character was the reason I enjoyed the film so much. I could identify with him and his dilemma. It seemed he felt like a stranger in an even stranger land. Who were these humans that seem so happy in the same world he could not find happiness within? What is this life we live? More importantly, what is the point? Why bother? His great battle with existence was a philosophical one. He, like myself, felt infinite sadness over the knowledge that are no concrete answers...

The movie is also interesting because it attacks the main sexual organ, the mind. Graham while trying to distance himself from the human experience by capturing sex confessionals on videotape, perhaps unwittingly became more intimate with his "partners." Roger Ebert points out that the films' argument is that conversation is better than sex.

Personally, I think the movie is about trying to find happiness with another person. Some Modest Mouse song lyrics come to mind. "And it's hard to be a human being/ And it's harder as anything else/ and I'm lonesome when you're around/ I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself" Graham finds it hard to be a human being and live in this human world full of values that he finds strange, confusing, and most importantly unfulfilling. What do you do when your ideology and needs don't mesh in the society you live within? How does one deal with feelings of loneliness in a society that spurns him? This movie is about one man's way.

James Spader does such an excellent job as this character. In fact, great acting all around by the entire cast and excellent writing and directing by Mr. Soderbergh. Go see this movie now!


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