Sex, Lies and Videotape details
|Starring:||Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher|
|Collections:||American Indie, Back to the 80s, Cannes-tastic!, Decades: 80s, Hidden Gems, Incredible Indies, Sexiest Men Alive|
Sex, Lies and Videotape
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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An impressively adult dramaBy Philip Concannon from London , 09 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Fifteen years after it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, Lies and Videotape' still stands as an intelligent analysis of sexual politics.
Ann(Andie MacDowell) is a frigid housewife who thinks her husband John(Peter Gallagher) has settled for their sexless relationship. In fact John is having an affair with Ann's exotic sister Cynthia(Laura San Giacomo). Things come to a head when John's college friend Graham(James Spader) comes to town and his unusual fetish has consequences for every character.
Soderbergh's classy film is a real slow-burner. He steers clear of any explicit sex and instead lets his script and excellent cast inject the eroticism into the drama. In fact Soderbergh makes the many conversations in the film more intimate, more erotic than any sexual encounter.
James Spader is the standout in a fine cast. His character is the catalyst for everything that takes place in the film and the fact that little is known about him adds to his enigmatic quality. In fact the only time Soderbergh's script falters is when he tries to explain a little of Graham's past and motives. It's his ambiguity that makes him the most fascinating character on view and this element of the screenplay feels false. However, for the most part Soderbergh hits the mark with this film and it makes for compelling viewing.
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boringBy zxcvbnm (34 reviews) from London , 12 Mar 2009'Sex, Lies & Videotape' is a very intriguing film that is pure indie brilliance in a very subtle unconventional way.
The lead character in the story is Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann is a frustrated & fed-up house wife who suspects her husband John (Peter Gallagher) of having an affair.
Some events happen & a (drifting) friend of John's is invited over to dinner at the couple's home.
We are then introduced to Graham (James Spader). Graham is an unemployed loner, with an unusual obsession with videoing women as they document their sex life.
The viewer soon finds that John's mistress is in fact Ann's younger sister (Laura San Giacomo) her polar opposite; a free spirited, barmaid.
What I really liked about the film was the way it is a romatic movie (I really hate romantic movies for the record), but it still manages to be real & deep. Although there is a 'happy' ending which usually I don't like in romances, it is plausible & I was satisified with it because it wasn't overtly-romantic (or vomit-worthy).
What I didn't like about the film was a lot of the questions posed that were not answered (e.x why did Graham film women talking about their sex lives? Why didn't Cynthia feel any remorse for betraying her sister so badly?)But I suppose the mystery is partially what makes the film so intriguing.
The acting is phenomenal. I'll admit it, when I heard Andie MacDowell was the starring lead of the film I didn't really expect much of the film (I mean after that horendous performance in 'Four Weddings & A Funeral' my perception of her as an actress were considerably low). After seeing 'Sex, Lies & Videotape', I can now say she is a good actress. MacDowell has a great understated intensity as Ann, not a mind-blowing performance but she pulled it off with flying colours at least.
James Spader is cast perfectly as Graham, the complex weirdo (is it just me or does this guy play the best creeps & freaks ever?!)
Laura San Giacomo plays the character of Cynthia very well (I personally think Cynthia is the deepest & most complex character of the lot), she combines a quiet confidence & an almost child-like vulnerability.
In conclusion, a great film, but its important that your the kind of person who likes to get more from your films than what is actually played out on sceen. Its not eventful or of epic proportions, but it makes you think. So for all the intellectual indie fans out there, buy 'Sex, Lies & Videotape' now!
Very good oneBy a customer from London , 15 Jun 2008I've seen this film years and years ago and totally forgot how bloody good it is! Great characters, fine storytelling, Spader is fantastic - not even MacDowell's bad acting and awful 80s fashion can ruin it:-) Strongly recommended.
Very good performance filmBy Samwise247 (7 reviews) from Birmingham, England , 31 Jan 2008This is a good film, but not in an obvious way.
As a complete film it is not particularly amazing, it runs quite slow and there is very few noticeable events during the film. It wavers on been a little too slow at points...I know my interest was slipping. However, you will continue to watch the film because of the acting - especially that of James Spader. His character in the film really kept me intrigued, it is an unusual character which you long to learn more about, and this is played perfectly by James Spader...understandable why he won the Palme d'Or award at Cannes.
With the strong performance from James Spader, which is supported by a good support cast, this film just earns its 3 stars. I would recommend a watch of this film, even its just to see some very good acting.
sex, lies and videotapeBy siraj kalla from barking , 14 Nov 2007Certainly one of the best movies ever made. I couldn't believe that the script was written in 2 weeks. Every character was well portrayed. One of my favourite films. I'm gonna buy the DVD.
Sex, Lies and VideotapeBy a customer from Glasgow, Scotland , 20 Mar 2007Quirky and arguably ahead of its time in the sense of its genre and its direction. Good yet somewhat inconclusive ending but enjoyable all the same. It was nice to watch something different, insightful and realistic. Great acting. Especially nice to see Peter Gallagher in this role (yummy).3.5 stars!