Vicious Circles

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Drama, Erotic

Instead of providing titillation, this S&M extravaganza is so sleazy it leaves the audience pining for celibacy and wondering why a well-known star like Ben Gazzara would stoop to appear in a film promoting incest and sex toys. Andy Hunt (Carolyn Lowery) and her hedonistic half-brother/lover, Dylan (Paul Hipp), find it difficult to make ends meet in Paris....read more

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Instead of providing titillation, this S&M extravaganza is so sleazy it leaves the audience pining for celibacy and wondering why a well-known star like Ben Gazzara would stoop to appear in a film promoting incest and sex toys.

Andy Hunt (Carolyn Lowery) and her hedonistic half-brother/lover, Dylan (Paul Hipp), find it difficult to make ends meet in Paris. Struggling model Andy resists the blandishments of a high-class hooker, Helga (Camilla Overbye Roos), to join a call-girl ring catering to Europe's wealthiest men.

Dylan resorts to smuggling a potent Ecstasy-like drug, Heaven 7, from Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Dylan is quickly nabbed by zealous Parisian policemen.

Andy decides to pay Dylan's sizable legal fees by joining the sex ring, which is headed by billionaire March (Ben Gazzara). After passing her physical, Andy undergoes pleasure training with blind masseur Morri (Masaya Kato). During her introduction into the sex ring's chosen methods of S&M, Andy

learns of a special provision in March's will: he plans to bequeath his estate to the prostitute pleasuring him at the moment of his death. Knowing March has a heart condition, Andy kisses him and passes him a mouthful of Heaven 7, which kills him.

Helga swindles March's safe deposit box key from Andy, but when she goes to retrieve the loot, the box blows up, killing her. Andy successfully lays claim to March's fortune, arranges for Dylan to attend her "funeral" (it's actually Helga who's buried), and executes his escape. With Dylan freed,

Andy bids him adieu and takes off with her new lover, Morri, hoping to use her money to restore his sight.

Echoing the worst excesses of filmmakers Tinto Brass and Liliana Cavani, this mock thriller wallows in sleaze and sex to the detriment of all else. Worst of all, at no point does the film camouflage the vapid self-absorption of protagonists Andy and Dylan, whose downfall nets them temporary

inconvenience rather than wisdom. Since everyone seems to have been cloned from an Aaron Spelling Productions gene pool, it's impossible to select the most egregious performance.

If nothing else, this creepy, misogynist rubbish will go down in infamy for a nauseating scene in which March dyes Andy's pubic hair with chlorophyll and unleashes his specially trained locusts to munch away until she's denuded. In a film like VICIOUS CIRCLES, it isn't enough to treat women as sex

objects; the filmmakers have to debase them. The plague of depilatory locusts represents the nadir of soft-core cinema in the American adult film industry. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, extreme profanity.)

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Instead of providing titillation, this S&M extravaganza is so sleazy it leaves the audience pining for celibacy and wondering why a well-known star like Ben Gazzara would stoop to appear in a film promoting incest and sex toys. Andy Hunt (Carolyn Lowery)… (more)

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