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Female Perversions (1996)

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.

Director:

Susan Streitfeld

Writers:

Louise J. Kaplan (book), Julie Hébert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Eve Stephens
Amy Madigan ... Maddie Stephens
Karen Sillas ... Renee
Frances Fisher ... Annunciata
Clancy Brown ... John
Laila Robins ... Emma
John Diehl ... Jake Rock
Paulina Porizkova ... Langley Flynn
Dale Shuger Dale Shuger ... Edwina
Sandy Martin ... Trudy
Marcia Cross ... Beth Stephens
John Cassini ... Gas Station Attendant
Shawnee Smith ... Make-Up Salesgirl
Nina Wise Nina Wise ... Lingerie Saleswoman
Judy Jean Berns Judy Jean Berns ... Boutique Saleswoman
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Storyline

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 »


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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Perversions See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,114, 9 May 1997

Gross USA:

$883,973, 27 July 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Madelyn Stevens: I steal to stop me from killing myself.
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Soundtracks

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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Walking the tightrope of the masculine/feminine aesthetic inherent in positions of power
10 April 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Tilda Swinton is a marvelous actress, but she's at a real loss here playing a high-powered attorney, operating under a mass of neuroses, who is on her way to becoming a judge yet sidelined by family issues. Adaptation of Louise Kaplan's book gets a quasi-art-house treatment by director Susan Streitfeld, who wants desperately to make points out of symbolism but is far too heavy handed in her approach to involve an audience. Amy Madigan does some solid work as Swinston's petty thief sister, but Swinton herself is impossible to get a grip on. Changing her hairstyles and overall appearance like a chameleon, Swinton is icy and aloof. There's a good actress under all this artifice, but Streitfeld is too concerned with showing off, and everyone suffers as a result. * from ****


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