DVD extras include: Shot on digital video 5.1 sound, subtitle control, trailer. A poor Bolivian-born girl, a Colombian boy on vacation, a rich stud escaping Santa Cruz, a black female college student and a model/football player - five teenagers in Bolivia and the U.S. with nothing in common except the desire to experience true intimacy. Their stories are woven together by an underwear billboard, representing everything they are expected to be, yet everything they are not. Their lives unfold and overlap as each person falls victim to their own self-perceptions, illusions and sexual dependencies.
Sexual Dependency takes a swim in the dark, complex waters of sexual desire and identity. Set partly in Bolivia and partly in the U.S. (and mixing Spanish and English), the movie follows the intersecting stories of a poor teenage girl who rebels against her repressive father by letting a rich older boy seduce her; a virgin boy whose friends pressure him into seeing a prostitute; an angry, possessive boyfriend of a young model; a young male model who hides his homosexuality from his macho locker room buddies; and more. Almost the entire movie is shot in split screen; sometimes the dual images present different events, sometimes the same scene from different perspectives. This may sound headache-inducing, but the movie's skillful use of this device is fascinating. Sharp observations about how group behavior contrasts with individual psychology make Sexual Dependency an unsettling, provocative, but rewarding film. (Note: Features full frontal nudity and graphic sex.) --Bret Fetzer