I Am A Sex Addict
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Autobiographical filmmaker Caveh Zahedi has made a cult career of his unabashed willingness to be vulnerable on camera. I AM A SEX ADDICT, a comic reconstruction of his ten-year struggle with sex addiction, is one of his most ambitious, hilarious confessions yet. Just moments before his third wedding, Zahedi relates with utter sincerity and astonishing candor his obsession with prostitutes. He retraces his romantic and sexual history, including his ideological commitment to open relationships, that led to two disastrous marriages and several very pissed off ex-girlfriends. Featuring animation by Bob Sabiston (WAKING LIFE), and a rare dramatic performance by legendary French porn star Rebecca Lord, I AM A SEX ADDICT is Zahedi's unique brand of comedy at its confessional best.
Director Caveh Zahedis I Am A Sex Addict may be Zahedi's most autobiographical film to date. Previously, when Tripping With Caveh featured Zahedi and musician Will Oldham wandering through meadows high on mushrooms, some viewers wondered what the point was. Now, mining deeper topics, "Caveh" relays his history of sex addiction before taking wedding vows with his third wife to-be. Beginning the tale in Paris, 1984, Zahedi narrates the story of Anna, his first true love, Caroline, his second love played by actress Rebecca Lord, and the destruction of both relationships due to his insatiable desire for prostitutes. Speaking directly towards the camera or acting out dramatized scenes, Zahedi explains his psychological needs to masturbate, receive oral sex, and gawk at women. When his girlfriends repeatedly dump him, he hits rock bottom and begins attending Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings. Zahedi's first-person experimentalism sometimes seems pretentious, as he explains, for example, how he came to cast a famous porn star, though it is clear that Zahedi's message is sincere. The unsavory topic explored in I Am A Sex Addict is not for everyone, though some viewers may take solace in the film's brute honesty. --Trinie Dalton
- "Shooting I am a Sex Addict": The Hotel Scene, The Ecstasy Scene, The Mushroom Scene
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Woody Allen saw his shot, and gave us 'Annie Hall', from which Mr. Z appropriates clumsily. Yes, he is endearingly bound to not just truth, but the compulsion to broadcast his honesty is hollow -- what he is desperate to ensure the indie fest crowd knows, even if it means boring them to death, is that he's nailed some premium ladies; that even when he blows it with one, another stunner is always in the wings waiting to blow him until he blows yet another relationship.
Production quality: there are security cameras at CVS framed up with care unseen in this thing. Direction: I'm certain Mr. Z figured he could train himself on the job, but one can almost see the crew deserting this mess as it crumbles from its initial 'Dad on first day with a video camera' excitement through a story that rivals Matlock in its sheer lack of necessity to be told over drinks, let alone committing it to the American Canon of Cinema.
Wes Anderson. Jerry Weintraub. Scorsese. John Huston. Francois T. Kurosawa. Woody Allen... these folks are directors who tell stories in pictures brilliantly. Caveh Zahedi is a director like George W. Bush was a president -- kudos for making it to the top spot, but maybe think about your obligation to not sully the achievement once you've crossed the starting line
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