Fetishes (1998)




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A wide-open mind would be a real boon towards enjoying this adult-oriented, way off-beat documentary look into the shadowy world of professional dominatrices and the masochistic slaves who pay dearly to be abused, ridiculed and tortured. British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield directed and narrates; he spent two months in a Manhattan house of domination interviewing both the mistress' and their diverse clientele. Though relatively few in the US actually participate in S&M, it is an extremely lucrative business. Highlights include scenes where a retired bank manager allows himself to be photographed being led around naked on all fours with a dog collar on his neck, a Wall Street Stock Broker with a thing for rubber and an interview with Pandora, the meanest mistress in the company. Pandora sleeps with Spike, an ill-tempered giant iguana. While Pandora complains that her scaly companion has recently frightened away any prospective lovers, Spike punctuates that by biting the cameraman Christopher Lanzenberg.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Fetishes

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Broomfield's movie doesn't deliver on its promise.

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Fetishes

Honest, slightly brutal- overall a playful history of the Fetish world. Broomfield presents to us a candid memoir, for a whole 'other' sexual dimension. ...my favorite part is the infantilism segment. Amazzzzzing!

Mala Gina
Mala Gina

Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield is given access to one of New York City's largest BDSM community playgrounds aptly called Pandora's Box but only manages to scratch the surface (no pun intended) of what makes these unique men and women tick. While the film succeeds at proving eroticism is in the eye of the beholder it will likely only engage those same aforementioned audiences.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig

"Being a Big Girl means PAIN in this world. That's what being a Big Girl is about in this world; it's a lot of PAIN." An interesting, but disturbingly grim, look inside a professional house of fetish, its employees, and the clients that pay for their services. Despite the subject matter, I appreciate the humanistic portrayal of all individuals featured in the film.

Nikolaj Zbikowski
Nikolaj Zbikowski

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