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7.2

sex, lies and videotape (1989)

sex, lies and videotape
Running time: 104 min. | Genre: Cult film, Drama, Dramatic Comedy, Comedy, Independent Film United States
sex, lies and videotape

Synopsis

Steven Soderbergh explodes onto the scene with this provocative, intelligent drama about infidelity and voyeurism. Ann Milaney (Andie MacDowell) lives in a comfortable Louisiana home with her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher). She spends her days fretting over the insurmountable problems of the world and her own unfocused sense of melancholy. Although she doesn't know it, she has a good reason to be upset: John is having a torrid affair with her younger, more extroverted sister, Cynthia (the sexy Laura San Giacomo). When Graham Dalton (James Spader), an old college pal of John's, comes to visit, all three are momentarily distracted from personal problems and intrigues as they scrutinize the odd outsider. Ann soon discovers that Graham has some strange habits and problems of his own. Plagued by impotency since the calamitous breakup of his last relationship, the young drifter finds sexual gratification by videotaping women willing to talk about their sexual past and fantasies in front of the camera. A chain of attraction and jealousy develops as the four interconnect in several varied pairings, culminating with Ann’s decision to become Graham’s latest subject. Soderbergh’s highly influential debut independent feature plays like a dangerous thriller that builds in tension until everyone’s secrets are bitterly exposed.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Leading Actress - Drama (Andie MacDowell)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Supporting Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

César Award

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Independent Spirit

Best Picture
WINNER
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Andie MacDowell)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (James Spader)
NOMINATED

Cannes Film Festival

Golden Palm - Best Film
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (James Spader)
WINNER
International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)
WINNER

Sundance Film Festival

Audience Award - Best Picture Drama (EEUU)
WINNER
Grand Jury Prize - Best Picture Drama (EEUU)
NOMINATED

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Supporting Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
WINNER
Best Upcoming Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actor (James Spader)
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress (Andie MacDowell)
NOMINATED

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

New Generation Award
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Andie MacDowell)
NOMINATED

New York Film Critics Circle

Best Leading Actress (Andie MacDowell)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Laura San Giacomo)
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED

Top 10 - Movies of the Year
WINNER

Details

Original title

sex, lies and videotape

Director

Steven Soderbergh

Producer

Outlaw Productions, Miramax

Running time

104 min.

Screenwriter

Steven Soderbergh

Music

Cliff Martinez

Cinematography

Walt Lloyd

Year

1989

Country

United States United States

Ranking

IMDb
7.2

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