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Chain of Desire (1992)

Chain of Desire





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Temistocles Lopez's Chain of Desire, based on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, plays like an AIDS-era version of The Yellow Rolls Royce, in which a series of unrelated amorous lovers are connected by a "chain of desire." The film begins as Alma D'Angeli (Linda Fiorentino) flees from a lover and runs into a church, where she finds solace and a young Latino worker, Jesus (Elias Koteas). They make love. Then Jesus comes home to his wife Isa (Angel Aviles) and gets intimate with her. The next morning, Isa goes off to see Dr. Jerald Buckley (Patrick Bauchau), with whom she is having an affair. After seeing Isa, Jerald heads off to visit Linda (Grace Zabriskie), a sexy dominatrix. Linda returns home to her husband, Hubert (Malcolm MacDowell), a harried television commentator. After an unsatisfactory interview with women who claim to have had affairs with John F. Kennedy, he relieves his tensions by seeking the arms of Keith (Jamie Harrold), a teenage hustler. And the trail continues on as gay social worker Ken (Tim Guinee) offers Ken a place for the night, followed by Ken's lover David Bango (Dewey Martin) and hot dancer Diana (Holly Marie Combs), who wants David to deflower her. Coming on the scene after that is famed artist Mel (Seymour Cassel), who has a tryst with Diana, but he finds that he has to answer to his vindictive wife, Cleo (Assumpta Serna). At the end, all the characters arrive at a hip nightclub, where Alma, the singer at the club, has learned that the lover she had spurned at the beginning of the film has been diagnosed with AIDS.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Written By: Temístocles López
On DVD: Oct 6, 1993
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Dewey Weber
as David Bango
Alicia Ho
as Dancer
Iraida Polanco
as Woman in Church
Joshua Robert Kaplan
as Boy in Church
Antonia Rey
as Jesus' Mother
Brooks Rogers
as Sergeant Langdom
Lynn Frazen-Cohen
as Gloria Insburg
Rica Martens
as Woman in Pearls 1
Ebony Jo-Ann
as Laughing Woman
Sabrina Lloyd
as Diana's friend in ga...
Todd Douglas Bailey
as Boy in Window
Sarah Newhouse
as Girl at Ticket Count...
Edgar Oviedo Sandova...
as Radio Announcer
John Schnall
as Radio Announcer
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 15, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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This timely update of Max Ophuls' 1950 classic La Ronde is sharply uneven, containing good, mediocre, and silly episodes about a variety of socio-sexual encounters in the AIDS era.

Full Review… | December 17, 2007

December 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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