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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.

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Roberto Urbina
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Critic Reviews for Sexual Dependency

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Rodrigo Bellott's frenzied but clever first film juggles race, class, jingoism, homophobia, sexual attraction and rape.

February 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

No worse than a tinny artist's statement, but as moviemaking, it's brutally embarrassing, inexcusable.

February 22, 2005 | Full Review…

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.

February 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 24, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ambitious filmmaking, especially from a first-timer from a country that hasn't produced a movie since 1995.

November 30, 2004 | Full Review…

The split-screen effect does nothing to advance the plot, and is more of a distraction than anything else.

November 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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