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Psychopathia Sexualis (2006)

 -  Drama  -  8 June 2006 (USA)
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Multi-narrative adaptation of Richard v. Krafft-Ebing's notorious medico-forensic study of sexual perversity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristi Casey ...
Blood Woman
David Weber ...
Blood Man
Shepherdess (as Zoë Cooper)
Patrick Parker ...
Emil Fourquet (as Patrick L. Parker)
David Sanders ...
Forquet's Assistant
Roger Foster ...
Farm Laborer
Jason Hodges ...
Steven Westdahl ...
Joseph Vacher
Victor Lambert ...
Adam K. Thompson ...
J. Marcelo Banderas ...
Corpse / Loiterer (as Marcelo Banderas)
Professor Krafft-Ebing
Jane Bass ...
Anne Towns ...
Maid 1


Multi-narrative adaptation of Richard v. Krafft-Ebing's notorious medico-forensic study of sexual perversity.

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Tales of Deviance and Forbidden Desire from the Case Studies of Krafft-Ebing



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Rated R for strong sexual content including aberrant and deviant behavior, graphic nudity, some violence and disturbing images

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$1,612 (USA) (9 June 2006)


$3,602 (USA) (16 June 2006)

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14 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before seeing this movie, I was expecting a fictional drama based loosely on ideas from the book; instead, it's the book, interrupted with dramatic scenes illustrating the different "illnesses." That didn't bother me much, but it hindered my enjoyment of the film. One story or even two or three long stories with excerpts from the book interspersed through the movie would have been preferable, in my opinion. If you're going to base a movie on a psychology text, you've got to find a more interesting (and preferably accurate) text than this one. The film drags during parts where it's little more than a video encyclopedia of 19th century sexual psychology and would be utterly intolerable if it weren't sexual in nature (because "sex = interesting" for most of us, even me). Luckily, there are several stories with actual character development that pull us in.

But, disappointingly, Krafft-Ebing's theories of sexuality went unchallenged, for the most part. I was hoping it would use stories to show how the imperfections of his archaic view of psychology which is still held by many to this day.

So, in the end, what do you have? A detailed catalog of a few fetishes and orientations, with some mildly interesting stories showing the trials and tribulations of a few "sexual deviants" before they are cured. For most of the film, the film moves with the crawling speed (and mood) of a wake. And, as an obviously low budget film, the cinematography and acting are not exactly top tier. Although I *was* pleased with the music, costume and interior design.

I felt this film's subject was right up my alley, and I still feel it's a below average film. It deserves a 3/10; a 4/10 if I were feeling extremely generous. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this if they didn't already have an interest in sexual fetishism.

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