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Sexual Dependency (2003)

Dependencia sexual (original title)
Five teenagers in the U.S. and Bolivia try to make sense of their sexuality and the complexity of their identity.

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Rodrigo Bellott
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexandra Aponte Alexandra Aponte ... Jessica
Roberto Urbina ... Sebastian
Jorge Antonio Saavedra Jorge Antonio Saavedra ... Choco
Ronica V. Reddick Ronica V. Reddick ... Adinah
Matthew Guida Matthew Guida ... Tyler
Matt Cavenaugh Matt Cavenaugh ... Sean
Rodrigo Mendez-Roca Rodrigo Mendez-Roca ... Fabian, Sebastian's Cousin
Liv Fruyano Liv Fruyano ... Love, Choco's girlfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Budd David Budd ... Nick
Versee Damien Versee Damien ... Jeremiah (as Damien Carter)
Pablo Fernandez Pablo Fernandez ... Joaquin, Fabian's best friend
Elba Flores Elba Flores ... Mrs. Lopez, Isabel's Mother
Ronald Flores Ronald Flores ... Josue, Jessica's classmate
Ignacio Ichazo Ignacio Ichazo ... Chichito
Malinda Logan ... Obnoxious R.A.
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Storyline

A poor girl, a rich stud, a university student and a model -- nothing in common, except the desire to experience true intimacy. Their stories unfold and overlap as each becomes victim to their own sexual dependencies, self-perceptions and illusions. Thematically structured around issues of femininity, masculinity, virginity, rape and sexuality, each teen struggles to make sense of their own identity, reaching for ideals that represent everything they feel they are supposed to be, but are not. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Bare your body, bare your soul.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Bolivia | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 September 2004 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dependência Sexual See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Bolivia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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A missed opportunity
20 May 2007 | by groggoSee all my reviews

I think this could have been a good film, but, as others have mentioned, the split-screen 'style' (?) is incredibly annoying over 100-odd minutes of watching, or, in this case, watching TWICE. That adds up to 200-odd minutes of watching five different stories, all while distracting you with camera gimmickry.

In the mid-1960s, a graphic designer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada named Chris Chapman created the split-screen idea for a short film on the Province of Ontario for the provincial government. It was a sensation at Expo '67 in Montreal, and was such a novel idea that Toronto director Norman Jewison (and others) used it in 1960s films.

The idea, predictably, went nowhere. It was trendy, had flair, but was not sustainable over the length of an entire film. Jewison used it sparingly in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and it annoyed critics even then. And here, almost 40 years later, we have a director who thinks it would be a great idea to try it again, this time (unlike Jewison, who was far more judicious) over the ENTIRE STRETCH of a movie.

I was astounded that this was done. It defies basic physical laws. The human eye just cannot catch up with a blizzard of jump cuts (and that's what they really amount to) over a feature-length. Instead of intensifying the drama, it instead made me truly irritated.

Repeat: I THINK this could have been a good film. Or is that films, as in plural?


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