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Vicious Circles (1997)

When a young man is arrested for dealing drugs, his girlfriend tries to help him out by making some big money as a member of an exclusive group of prostitutes.


Sandy Whitelaw (as Alexander Whitelaw)


Stephen O'Shea




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... March
Jerome Davis Jerome Davis ... Stanley Asher
Carolyn Lowery ... Andrea (Andie) Hunt
Paul Hipp ... Dylan
Nicholas Calderbank Nicholas Calderbank ... Reverend McKenzie
Marianne Borgo Marianne Borgo ... Madame
Camilla Overbye Roos Camilla Overbye Roos ... Helga
Jacky Nercessian ... Doctor
Stephan Meldegg Stephan Meldegg ... School's Director
Tom Gilroy ... Morton
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Dentist
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Le Notaire
Céline Admirat Céline Admirat ... Ling Model (as Celine Admirat-Cassagnes)
Karine Bazin Karine Bazin ... Ling Model
Tatiana Bewer Tatiana Bewer ... Ling Model


In a Paris cemetery, a handcuffed prisoner grieves at the grave of his sister Andy. In flashbacks, we see what happened. He's arrested for smuggling an Ecstacy-like drug; to get money to help him, Andy takes a job in a mysterious call-girl ring run by the wealthy and secretive March. She's goes to the American embassy for help as well, and she's assisted by Stanley Esher, a nerdy but competent bureaucrat. To train for the sex ring, Andy is taught by a blind masseur and advised by Helga, the friend who recruited her. There's also the drug, which can be stored in temporary tooth caps, released with a bite, and passed on with a kiss. Andy tries to outwit March, but the cemetery awaits. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for aberrant sexual content, language and drug use

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Available on video in the USA in both R-rated and unrated versions. See more »

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A Stylish Thriller
27 September 2004 | by chihhsing@aol.comSee all my reviews

Set in contemporary Paris, Vicious Circles turns Dangerous Liaisons on its head by turning the dissolute obsessions of the rich against them, for the sake of a legitmate obsession with a just cause.

In order to free her brother from a bum rap that could keep him in prison for a very long time, Andrea ("Andy") becomes a slave in a sex ring that provides film maker, Whitelaw, with the perfect setting with which to satirize the international haut bourgeois world of Paris, which he evokes with astute familiarity.

Unlike most erotic thrillers which hypocritically seem to condemn the sexual

exploitation of women at the same time they use it to titillate the viewer, Vicious Circles reveals a heroine who deliberately contrives her own exploitation in

order to bring down those who imagine themselves her masters.

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