Female Perversions

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

For better or for worse, director Susan Streitfeld's debut is certainly one of a kind: the only feature fiction film ever based on a published volume of psychosocial lit-crit. Streitfeld and coscripter Julie Hebert make no bones about it either. The film's convoluted sexual melodrama is punctuated by characters spouting feminist theory, dream sequences...read more

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For better or for worse, director Susan Streitfeld's debut is certainly one of a kind: the only feature fiction film ever based on a published volume of psychosocial lit-crit. Streitfeld and coscripter Julie Hebert make no bones about it either. The film's

convoluted sexual melodrama is punctuated by characters spouting feminist theory, dream sequences so literal they're almost Bad Playhouse (remember the old SNL skit?), and philosophical aphorisms about sex printed on bus stop shelters, buildings, signs and the like. The plot, such as

it is, involves the psychological meltdown of high-powered attorney Eve (Tilda Swinton), as she navigates bisexual relationships, a nomination for a judgeship and the shoplifting arrest of her rebellious sister Madelyn (Amy Madigan). As you can doubtless tell, everything Means Something, an

it usually means something sexual. Tellingly, of the top 10 production personnel involved, the only man is coproducer Zalman King, long-time purveyor of high-toned smut. A shameless, stilted, bizarro experience, it's all as wrongheaded as a movie can be (it's hard not to mention at this juncture

that Streitfeld used to be a Hollywood agent), but you'll never see anything like it again.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: For better or for worse, director Susan Streitfeld's debut is certainly one of a kind: the only feature fiction film ever based on a published volume of psychosocial lit-crit. Streitfeld and coscripter Julie Hebert make no bones about it either. The film's… (more)

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