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Female Perversions (1996)

An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister.

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Susan Streitfeld

Writers:

Louise J. Kaplan (book), Julie Hébert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Eve Stephens
Amy Madigan ... Maddie Stephens
Karen Sillas ... Renee
Frances Fisher ... Annunciata
Clancy Brown ... John
Laila Robins ... Emma
John Diehl ... Jake Rock
Paulina Porizkova ... Langley Flynn
Dale Shuger Dale Shuger ... Edwina
Sandy Martin ... Trudy
Marcia Cross ... Beth Stephens
John Cassini ... Gas Station Attendant
Shawnee Smith ... Make-Up Salesgirl
Nina Wise Nina Wise ... Lingerie Saleswoman
Judy Jean Berns Judy Jean Berns ... Boutique Saleswoman
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Storyline

Dresses, lipsticks, sex - the "perversions" (and neuroses) of Eve, a young, very successful lawyer. Her days are a tightrope act between extreme eloquence and frosty toughness on the one side, and scaring vulnerability on the other. The climax of her career shall be the possibly forthcoming appointment as a judge, but this step seems to be interrupted by her kleptomaniac sister Mad who is arrested after one of her raids. Eve travels to Mad's town to stand by her in the jail. Their struggle about Mad's illness evokes suppressed conflicts. Eve stays at her sister's flat where she meets a girl who fights with her budding femininity. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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It's all about power See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depictions of psychoerotic themes, scenes of strong sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Perversions See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$926,954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$926,954
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first American role and the first American movie for Tilda Swinton. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic visible in different parts of the movie. In one scene where Maddie is thinking about the past looking at the photograph, and in a second scene at the bathroom where Eve and Maddie take a bath together. See more »

Quotes

Madelyn Stevens: I steal to stop me from killing myself.
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Yo Mi Mariachi
Written by Ophie Shur
Published by Wolf Tracer Music (BMI)/Cherry River Music (BMI)
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He pushed her down.

Eve Stephens (Tilda Swinton) is a driven attorney about to become a judge. She uses her femininity to get what she wants and to rise to the top of her profession.

She has passions outside of work. She craves sexual satisfaction. Not emotional attachments mind you, but the satisfaction of satisfying sexual hunger. The difficulty in balancing the two is driving her mad, and makes for an excellent film about the role women play in the corporate world.

She is not satisfied with the executives in her firm; she also picks up Renee (Karen Sillas), a new psychiatrist in an elevator.

Her sister, Madelyn Stephens (Amy Madigan), fulfills her erotic desire by shoplifting. Eve is forced to deal with her problem to keep on track for the judgeship.

She also has problems dealing wither her replacement (Paulina Porizkova), who is considerably more attractive.

I am not sure about the fantasy sequences with what I guess to be an Earthwoman. There was enough interesting characters besides her sister - a woman who runs a bridal store (Laila Robins), a stripper (Frances Fisher) and an adolescent tomboy named Ed (Dale Shuger), who is into self-mutilation - that they could have kept it real.


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