Female Perversions (1997)

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Eve is a talented lawyer who dreams of becoming a judge but lacks the self-confidence to do so. Eve's sister Madelyn has been arrested for shoplifting, and when Eve goes to visit her, they realize that they must find some way to cope with their repressed psychological pain.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julie Hébert, Julie Hebert, Susan Streitfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 27, 2001
Runtime:
Trimark

Cast


as Madelyn

as Annunciata

as Jake Rock

as Make-up Salesgirl

as Lingerie Saleswoman

as Boutique Saleswoman

as Wallace Leishman

as Female Jail Guard

as Joey/Cab Driver

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Office Boy

as Eve's Mother

as Eve's Father

as Earthwoman

as Courthouse Guard

as Young Eve

as Mother in Boutique

as Old Man in Boutique

as Old Lady on Bus Benc...

as Detective

as Latina Corn Seller

as Young Madelyn

as Caryatid in Fantasy

as Caryatid in Fantasy

as Caryatid in Fantasy

as Caryatid in Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for Female Perversions

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

The women (played by Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan) are so intriguing and complex that they almost overcome the trappings of a non-linear narrative that's borderline academic.

Full Review… | June 27, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

The result is short on plot but long on observational detail and psychological resonance.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even if it works better as a provocative psychological treatise than as art, it does come alive and does provide major roles for Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Dreamy but seemingly endless, ambitious but affected, daring but banal film.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

Often too pretentious to be profound.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

This is the kind of movie you can't stop thinking about.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Female Perversions

Aptly named, this film depicts several activities labeled perverse by society at large, yet through those revelations we come to understand the demons that Evelyn (Tilda Swinton) is facing down. Strong performances by Swinton and Amy Madigan, as her (younger? older?) sister, Madelyn propel the film. Both women are successful, Evelyn as an attorney being considered for a judgeship, and Madelyn as a doctoral candidate about to make her oral defense of her thesis, and both women get a less than enthusiastic response from their emotionally distant father when they try to share their news. Excellent use of dreams, fantasy, and flashback to help the viewer understand Evelyn's fragility and somewhat self-destructive behaviors. Good supporting cast, with only a couple of weak links, and an interesting side-story concerning a young girl struggling with identity issues helped to keep it from veering off into pure psycho-drama. Good to see Karen Sillas, a personal favorite in a small role here.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

i really like this film. recommended for women, the only thing men will like about this film is an abundance of boobs and some lesbian content.

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