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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

Product Details

  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZYDQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "SEXUAL DEPENDENCY" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ranajoy Raychaudhuri on October 18, 2004
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Rodrigo Bellott was only 25 when he directed this movie, his first full length feature (his only previous film is a 10-minute short titled "Sexo"). If this is any indication, then here is a director to watch out for.

The first Bolivian movie to be shot in Bolivia since 1997, the movie is shot almost entirely in split screen format, which sometimes show different events and at other times show the same incident from varying perspectives.

The story follows the very different first sexual experiences of four individuals, two young women and two young men, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and in Ithica, New York. The narratives run parallely and switch back and forth between the two countries. An attractive young girl from the slums of Santa Cruz is seduced by a rich teenager on a night out to "bury the snake" with his buddies. A boy from Colombia visiting his cousins is forced to go into a bordello by those he is hanging out with so that he can become a man. An African-American student is gang-raped by a group of drunk guys in a deserted parking lot. One of their buddies tries to intervene and later helplessly looks on ... he is gay but is forced to play it straight due to the possible consequences of coming out. Alongside are explored issues like how a Bolivian student is expected to conform in a small American college town (the girl at the front desk of the dorm is even annoyed at the way he spells his name) and the extreme poverty of Bolivia, the poorest Latin American nation (pretty looks can be the way out of poverty for a girl here, but becoming pregnant will end these hopes right then).

The cast consists mostly of non-professionals who do a terrific job. Kudos to the members of the Ithica College football team.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Norris on November 17, 2004
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This movie is an unbelievable experience. The score to the movie is very moving, I'm trying to find more work by this fresh new composer John Dobry. His music moves the soul and will almost bring you to tears with its raw emotion. Fantastic!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on May 18, 2009
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It takes a lot of time in conversations over the people in Bolivia for instance instead of going to the point besides its quite differente to see it in a double way all the film, so it is an ok, film for those who got a lot of time to watch these films
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