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I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

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Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.

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Caveh
Christoff Colas ...
Man with Beret
Rebecca Lord ...
Prostitute / Caroline
Lindsey Tjian ...
Anna
Jenny Pompor ...
Polygamy Co-Ed
Michelle Roesler ...
Polygamy Co-Ed
Melanie Bonne ...
Polygamy Co-Ed
Anastasia Gershman ...
Oscar Presenter (as Anastasia Vega)
Seymour Kramer ...
Movie Theater Walkout
Sylvia Grosneau ...
French Film Producer
Phillip Minnig ...
College Friend
Thomas Logoreci ...
Anna's Husband
Angelina Moysov ...
French Prostitute
Jacqueline Wright ...
French Prostitute
Heidi Dupre ...
French Prostitute
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In the moments before his third marriage, Caveh Zahedi looks into the camera and flashes back to a vividly disturbing yet poignant story of his long obsession with prostitutes and how that obsession has served to destroy his previous marriages and relationships. Can Caveh overcome his addiction and finally succeed in a relationship? Written by dr@martinlewison.com

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$10,691 (USA) (7 April 2006)

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$112,874 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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When the completed project was rejected by Sundance, Zahedi tried to distribute the film himself. It was only after he won the Gotham Award, for "Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You," that producers began returning his calls, and IFC picked up the film. See more »

Goofs

The Italian prostitute says her fee is "100,000 lira." "Lira" is the singular form (like "dollar"). She should have said "100,000 lire" (the correct plural form, like "dollars"). See more »

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References The Devil in Miss Jones 5: The Inferno (1995) See more »

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One of the more honest and unique films you're likely to see
18 April 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

This film chronicles director Zahedi's addiction to prostitutes over the course of many, many years, and presents an honest and realistic portrait of sexual compulsions and fetishes. Of interest as well are Zahedi's attempts to reconcile his oft violent sexual fantasies with his various attempts at healthy relationships. One has to wonder how true to life Zahedi's portraits of his relationships are, except maybe for his final relationship, but they make for an interesting depiction of dysfunctional and atypical 'romantic' relationships either way.

The film's humor genuinely works. As many moving, sad, and let's be honest- pathetic moments there clearly were in Zahedi's life, he is able to portray them in a humorous self-deprecating light, which is testament to his talent as a filmmaker, because these events could very easily have made one of the most disturbing and real pure dramas put on film, but Zahedi's Allen-like psychological self-obsession comes across as endearing and funny. That's not to say the film's more dramatic moments, such as its beautiful, understated, ending don't work, because they do, but the film's quality is increased by the humorous content

The film is obviously low-budget and essentially a mockumentary, so don't look for any great moments of technical film-making, but Zahedi is no bore and certainly a solid directo who knows how to pace a film. A lot of people have a problem with Zahedi's behavior towards women, but it appears that by the end of the film he is happy and content in a healthy relationship.

Caveh Zahedi's "I Am a Sex Addict" is far from a perfect film, but it's honest, entertaining, unique, well-made, and worth your time.

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