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Female Perversions (1996)

 -  Drama  -  25 April 1997 (USA)
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An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister.

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Annunciata
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Emma
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Jake Rock
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Langley Flynn
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Edwina
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Beth Stephens
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Gas Station Attendant
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Judy Jean Berns ...
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Dresses, lipsticks, sex - the "perversions" (and neuroses) of Eve, a young, very successful lawyer. Her days are a tightrope act between extreme eloquence and frosty toughness on the one side, and scaring vulnerability on the other. The climax of her career shall be the possibly forthcoming appointment as a judge, but this step seems to be interrupted by her kleptomaniac sister Mad who is arrested after one of her raids. Eve travels to Mad's town to stand by her in the jail. Their struggle about Mad's illness evokes suppressed conflicts. Eve stays at her sister's flat where she meets a girl who fights with her budding femininity. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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Dare to let yourself go where you've never been before. See more »

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Rated R for intense depictions of psychoerotic themes, scenes of strong sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desejos Femininos  »

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Opening Weekend:

ITL 101,019,000 (Italy) (16 May 1997)

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$883,973 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Trivia

The first American role and the first American movie for Tilda Swinton. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic visible in different parts of the movie. In one scene where Maddie is thinking about the past looking at the photograph, and in a second scene at the bathroom where Eve and Maddie take a bath together. See more »

Quotes

Eve Stephens: You cannot run away from this. You're gonna need some help. Professional help. Madelyn, look at me.
Madelyn Stevens: What are you talking about?
Eve Stephens: Come on, Madelyn. I stayed in your room last night. Since when do you take a child's size five dress?
Madelyn Stevens: That's for Emma. I'm keeping it for her.
Eve Stephens: [scoffs] Yeah, right. What about the hammers, the tools, and the piles of other stuff? I've seen a copy of your file. You have a history of this which is why your bail is so high. Grand larceny is a felony. You're in deep shit.
Madelyn Stevens: [...]
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Fire in the Mist (Annunciata's Dance)
Written and Performed by Johnny Reno
Published by Reno Beat Music/Justice Artists Music Corp. (BMI)
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21 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tilda Swinton chooses films that at first may strike the viewer as facile in their willingness to experiment with the role of the actor. Consider the title character dully staring directly out from the frame for much of 'Orlando'. I myself felt much initial impatience there, but after some time passed I could see a larger context. (See the classic Laura Mulvey article.) 'Female Perversions' might be guilty of cutesy irony or even some bathos, but its heart is solid gold. Women leaving the film after viewing it in Seattle circled around the U District, running into each other again & again, unwilling to leave the residue of truth-telling that remained as long as we let it, it seemed. Do females need sympathizers such as Flaubert surely was? We can probably get along without them but it's nice to have a friend on the other side of the gender construct. FP is a little funny, a little sad, one version of the real (and therefore legit). It might make us squirm in its sincerity. Can you handle it?


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