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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.

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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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17 April 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Female Perversions" is short on story and long on character as it peers into the life of an ambitious attorney (Swinton) who is far more confident in a courtroom than in her own insecure and sexually needy personal life. Apparently a sort of testament to the female condition, this flick by women about women surrounds Swinton with a conglomeration of neurotic females as it plods doggedly through a maze of peculiar behavior. On the upside, this deep character study offers some excellent performances as it explores its dark and aberrant landscape. On the downside, the film is a little over-the-top and glommed up with symbolism, dream sequences, and excursions into the surreal. Lacking in story, unpleasant in subject, and artsy-fartsy in execution, the common filmgoer may find this flick unsatisfying. However, for those into deep character studies and psychodramas, an interesting watch awaits. (B)


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