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Female Perversions (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Rock
Langley Flynn
Dale Shuger ...
Beth Stephens
Gas Station Attendant
Make-Up Salesgirl
Nina Wise ...
Lingerie Saleswoman
Judy Jean Berns ...
Boutique Saleswoman


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desejos Femininos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$118,114 (USA) (9 May 1997)


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

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1.85 : 1
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The first American role and the first American movie for Tilda Swinton. See more »


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 »


Eve Stephens: I need you desperately.
Renee: [chuckles] Let's see... uh, we met in an elevator, right? We had two drinks, went back to my place and had great sex. You had five orgasms, I only had three. And now you are so desperate to see me?
Eve Stephens: [sits down] Very desperate... doctor.
Renee: Well uh... I'm sorry what was your last name?
Eve Stephens: Stephens.
Renee: Miss Stevens, right. In my professional opinion, you are a deeply compulsive, highly neurotic, extremely co-dependent woman who more then likely loves too much... or too little. I can't...
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He pushed her down.
8 April 2011 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

Eve Stephens (Tilda Swinton) is a driven attorney about to become a judge. She uses her femininity to get what she wants and to rise to the top of her profession.

She has passions outside of work. She craves sexual satisfaction. Not emotional attachments mind you, but the satisfaction of satisfying sexual hunger. The difficulty in balancing the two is driving her mad, and makes for an excellent film about the role women play in the corporate world.

She is not satisfied with the executives in her firm; she also picks up Renee (Karen Sillas), a new psychiatrist in an elevator.

Her sister, Madelyn Stephens (Amy Madigan), fulfills her erotic desire by shoplifting. Eve is forced to deal with her problem to keep on track for the judgeship.

She also has problems dealing wither her replacement (Paulina Porizkova), who is considerably more attractive.

I am not sure about the fantasy sequences with what I guess to be an Earthwoman. There was enough interesting characters besides her sister

  • a woman who runs a bridal store (Laila Robins), a stripper (Frances

Fisher) and an adolescent tomboy named Ed (Dale Shuger), who is into self-mutilation - that they could have kept it real.

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