Sexual Dependency (2003)
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Bolivian filmmaker Rodrigo Bellott directs the drama Sexual Dependency, co-written by Haitian-American writer Lenelle Moise. The film is a digital video study of the experiences and representations of multicultural youth sexuality. Using a split screen throughout, the five stories are interwoven through a series of fictional underwear advertisements. Starting in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, "My Baby Is a Woman Now" is about teenaged Jessica (Alexandra Aponte) losing her virginity. "You Damn Whore" is about teenaged Sebastian (Roberto Urbina) visiting a brothel. "The Bluest Eyes" follows macho Choco (Jorge Antonio Saavedra) on his last night in Bolivia before he goes to the U.S. Changing the setting to a New York university, "Mirrors" concerns the rape of African-American woman Adinah (Ronica V. Reddick) . "Angels and Billboards" involves the gang rape of a gay football player (Matthew Guida). Sexual Dependency was shown at the Locarno Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Sexual Dependency
Rodrigo Bellott's frenzied but clever first film juggles race, class, jingoism, homophobia, sexual attraction and rape.
No worse than a tinny artist's statement, but as moviemaking, it's brutally embarrassing, inexcusable.
Its power lies in the intense, subtle performances of the ensemble cast and Bellott's ability to keep the tangled narrative threads from becoming a knotted mess.
The pace of this Bolivia/US coproduction is slower than that of a snail, but it gathers some interest as the themes of the vignettes dovetail near the end.
Ambitious filmmaking, especially from a first-timer from a country that hasn't produced a movie since 1995.
The split-screen effect does nothing to advance the plot, and is more of a distraction than anything else.
This bold experiment fails to hang together as a watchable film, straining audience sympathies in too many directions before finally collapsing under its own strident weight.
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