- Actors: Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas, Frances Fisher, Clancy Brown
- Directors: Susan Streitfeld
- Writers: Susan Streitfeld, Julie Hébert, Louise J. Kaplan
- Producers: Gina Resnick, Janine Gold, Mindy Affrime, Rainer Kölmel
- Format: PAL
- Language: German
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Run Time: 119 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RU9J
Female Perversions [VHS]
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Evelyn is an attractive woman, she believes herself a beautiful one. She inappropriately wonders through a shop while trying on a revealing piece of underwear, but the only one available is a disinterested octogenarian. She is a competent attorney, yet she represents herself as a premier legal strategist. Her credit card is rejected while making the simplest of purchases, she drive's a SAAB 900 Turbo-the whole thing is perfect.
Further insight to Evelyn's internal monsters are seen though the film's portrayal of her sister, Madelyn-the good soul to Evelyn's evil one. She has chosen a more bohemian existence, and calms her internal monsters through adventures in kleptomania.
Let's recap: Driven woman, faux life, dysfunctional family, bad credit cards, soon to be made a judge (with no one to tell, and no one who cares). There is only one place left for her to go.
To a deeply invested lesbian encounter. Where else can she go? Her entire life as it stands is moments from implosion. The realization that the new lawyer entering her firm (her `replacement') is prettier (Paulina Porizkova, no less), smarter, and likely more stable further pushes Evelyn to the inevitable.
Wonderfully cast with Amy Madigan (as the sister), Karen Sillas (as the Doctor/Lesbian love interest), and Clancy Brown (as the boyfriend) in a rarely seen beefcake role. Throw in Frances Fisher and Laila Robins for good measure.
Must for all art film fans. Highly recommended for the more mainstream tastes who like a small distraction now and then.
The presence of Tilda Swinton in any film is enough of a recommendation for me - if you're not already a fan, then this could be the film to convert you. She manages to guide the viewer into some pretty dark territory - oftentimes very surreal - but it's a compassionate and uncompromising performance.
I wouldn't say this film is for everyone, nor does it qualify as 'light entertainment'. But I do think this is an important film that both men and women will appreciate. But be warned, if ever a film had a adult themes, it's this one: the adult world is revealed in all its ambivalent glory here, so keep this vid for after the kids have gone to bed.
The heroine treads the line carefully; her duality is the focus for much of the film's most angst-ridden scenes. While she uses her feminity with ephemeral ease during in court, to get out of a parking ticket, and to seduce her various lovers, she also rejects the images of feminity that seem to pursue her subconscious. She hands her lover a razor in one scene, only to read later that pubic hair is considered a symbol of woman's power.
Her love-affair with the principles of power has alienated her from a perceived feminine identity, but has also given her the clarity of thought that redeems not only her life, but that of a weird young girl troubled by her impending womanhood.
There is nothing oblique about this film; it is blatant in its cultural references and exact in its portrayal of pleasure and power as tools of identity.
This is not a movie about female empowerment, but rather an exploration of how society has made those two words discongruous at the very root. Female Perversions ends up being as troubling and thought-provoking as any film I've enjoyed.
What's with the lead character in this movie? Tilda Swinton, a most fragile-looking beauty, is miscast in the lead role as a successful, aggressive attorney up for a judgeship by the Governor. She looks like a porcelain doll, and as we get to know her we find she's as unstable as the book shelf I put up the other day in my living room. She's plagued by some demented fantasies. . .or illusions. . .that supposedly have been repressed since her childhood, and for whatever reason she's into razor blades. Her boyfriend gets miffed so she has an affair with a woman. Why? She likes M&M candy. Why? Her fantasies include an overweight woman covered in mud. Why? She sleeps in a hammock. Why? She takes a bath with her sister. Why? She drives a really ugly Turbo converter. Why, oh why?
Don't ask me. I don't know. Or care. Incidentally, Amy Madigan and Frances Fisher head a supporting cast of equally troubled souls. If there is some feminist symbolism to be culled from FEMALE PERVERSIONS it's lost on me; all I saw was a montage of mumbo jumbo. So what to do about my appetite for film noir? Ah, yes: a Three Stooges movie. That should do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Female perversions are not just the provocative dress and casual sex that our main character engages in but the self-destructive behaviour (compulsive sexuality, kleptomania,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marcelle Drouffe
The title, itself, is provocative. I should have expected that what it might imply would soon be turned on its head. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Skye
This film explores the forces that influence women's psyche and their proscribed roles in contemporary culture. Read morePublished 19 months ago by N. L. Mandelkorn
Very strange film. Seems disjointed and wanders a good bit. I wasn't sure where I was in the film when the movie ended. Seems to be a series of vignettes strung together. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by common man
Tilda Swinton is a force. The movie is pretty bad but you can see the director winking at the book and the books author through out the entire movie. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Chase Polan
After fast forwarding this film I threw it in the bin.
What a waste of time and money.
Tilda Swinton is not attractive in the slightest and for the film to make out that... Read more