Sex, lies and videotapes: the film Palme d'Or in Cannes tonight on LA7D
Sex, lies and videotape, a dramatic film that marked Steven Soderbergh's directorial debut in 1989, will air on LA7D tonight at 9:30 pm. The then 26-year-old director also ended up competing at the Cannes Film Festival and took home the Palme d'Or for the best film of that edition (the youngest winner of this award except Louis Malle who in 1956 won at 24 years with the documentary The world of silence). The cast of Sex, lies and videotape makes use of the presence of James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo and Alexandra Root.
The story of the film is set in Louisiana. John, a lawyer of a certain notoriety, is Ann's husband, a housewife who has a remarkable fixation for order and cleaning and who, since she is not very inclined to lend herself to her husband's sexual desire, believes that she must resort to the care of a logotherapist. For his part, John makes up for his wife's unavailability, taking her sister, Cynthia, as a lover, of a temperament opposite to that of the icy Ann with whom she is not on good terms.
Having run into Graham, an old schoolmate who has been afflicted with sexual problems for nine years, apparently the consequence of an unhappy youthful love, invites him to settle in his home. Ann is initially upset by her husband's initiative, but later, upon discovering John's infidelity, she feels a certain interest in the guest, and ends up saying more to Graham about her private life than she can say to his cold and professional logotherapist.
Intrigued by Graham's confidentiality, and later by his obsessive hobby, who tries to exorcise his presumed sexual impotence by recording scabrous stories on the subject on videotapes, occasionally obtained by complacent girls, Cynthia and Ann, one without the knowledge on the other, they lend themselves to his insane curiosity by telling their experiences in front of the video.