An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.Written by
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Divorced art gallery worker in New York City meets a handsome, enigmatic financier with a kink: he's into role-playing games, emotional and sexual manipulation...also, he's a bit of a jerk. There isn't much about "9 1/2 Weeks" that is warm or inviting; the central relationship between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke is there to be busted up, and director Adrian Lyne doesn't appear to be concerned with the characters anyway--his thing seems to be chilly atmospherics and stylish furniture. The first sex with the blindfold and ice cubes is tantalizing, but the scene seems chopped short (presumably so as not to offend us prudish Americans!). In fact, all the sexual scenes are edited the same way: the clinch, the brief flash of nudity, some heavy breathing, end of scene. Interest wanes after the viewer becomes satisfied with Basinger's milky beauty and Rourke's sometimes-devilish panache, but their surroundings are sterile. There are two or three playful moments (such as a food frenzy in front of the refrigerator), but mostly it's all talk and little action, and unintentionally funny bits like Rourke attempting to get Basinger in the mood by playing Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" (!) **1/2 from ****
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