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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 Zahedi’s 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

Special Features

  • "Shooting I am a Sex Addict": The Hotel Scene, The Ecstasy Scene, The Mushroom Scene

Product Details

  • Actors: Caveh Zahedi, Christoff Colas, Rebecca Lord, Lindsey Tjian, Jenny Pompor
  • Directors: Caveh Zahedi
  • Writers: Caveh Zahedi
  • Producers: Caveh Zahedi, Corey Weinstein, Greg Watkins, Matthew L. Weiss, Moe Ghassemi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Am A Sex Addict" on IMDb

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By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on September 21, 2006
Format: DVD
"I Am a Sex Addict" is a semi-documentary written and directed by a little bug-eyed dude named Caveh Zahedi. I'd never heard of the guy and only stumbled upon this film because I saw it on the Joblo Release Dates. When I read that Roger Ebert had called the film "Perversely Interesting" I was even more intrigued. The reason I said it's a semi-documentary is because Zahedi is narrating past events that apparently happened in real life, while recreating them onscreen using actors. It's almost like a movie-within-a-movie, except for the whole annoying part of movies like that. In the film, Zahedi plays himself...We're introduced as he's about to get married, it's his third trip down the aisle. He takes us back in time and explains that he was always looking for his soulmate, even as a young kid. He then meets the love of his life, Anna...Problem is, he also meets a french woman named Caroline (Rebecca Lord) that strikes his fancy. He then explains that the actress he cast as Caroline is a pornstar, something he didn't find out until later. He ends up parting ways with Anna and marrying Caroline, all the while becoming increasingly addicted to sex...Especially sex with prostitutes. The film deals with him going through several girlfriends, all the while trying not to give into his addiction completely. The movie is funny, but it's in a deadpan and subtle way. One scene in particular, when Caveh explains that there's a scene where a female character is supposed to give him a b**wjob, but the actress refuses to do it. Instead, he supplies us with a voice-over and asks us to pretend that it's happening. Zahedi also gets some laughs from his facial expressions.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this quirky little film. It's a low budget dramatized biopic about the sad love-life of Iranian-American director Caveh Zahedi. He is plagued by what he terms "sex addiction" (He has a prostitute and bl__job fetish). It begins and ends with what hopefully will be his last and finally-successful marriage. It blends original home movie footage with filmed recreations, with Zahedi appearing as subject, actor, director and narrator.

I loved his hapless, self-deprecating, dead-pan nature. As must many women, because he is quite possibly the least physically impressive man I've ever seen; scrawny, puny, close to being a wimp and yet he obviously has something that draws so many beautiful women to him. His ex-wives and girlfriends (they appear on the home movies) are very lovely. I don't know if I'd label him a narcissist but he is certainly obsessed with sex, especially with prostitutes and bl__jobs. The first thing he learns in a foreign country is how to say, "Will you suck my c__k?" in the local language. I love the way he repeatedly delivers the line with that timid, hopeful, earnest look. Luckily he goes to very accomdating places like France, Holland and Germany. And when he visits a European brothel, he's like a kid in a candy store. Although his wives eventually divorce him, they are remarkably tolerant and accomodating - in the film he recounts how his second wife gave him five bj's in succession after he confessed his addiction; although it's true, he doesn't last very long each time - about 15 seconds is all it takes for him to be squealing like a rabbit. His orgasms are hilarious to behold.
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Although a dark comedy with a serious lean toward sexual narcissism, this film's quirks will appeal to those who don't mind exploring those dark corners of one's desires and laughing at their own inadequacies.

Caveh Zahedi is the screenwriter, director, star, and historian regarding his personal battles with sex addiction.

The most entertaining aspects of the film are that it is shot rather unconventionally. Although the film starts with Zahedi talking to the camera, waiting to be married for the third time, the scenes zip back and forth between Zahedi the narrator, Zahedi the actor, and Zahedi the narrator during acting (he'll occasionally stare at the camera and make a rather pithy comment while acting within the framework of the film). Part documentary, part fictional take on his experiences, the film delves deep into sexual promiscuity. Bit by bit we get to watch Zahedi fall into a pit of self-gratification with little or no concern for his girlfriends or wives. That he tries to be "honest" and "open" only shows his continued deep slide into the addictive process. When the women in his life fight with him, he's at a loss to understand why ("But you said I could have sex with a prostitute!")

The comedy is all based around Zahedi's lack of self-control and his relationships based solely on sexual need. Watching him receive oral sex -- his facial expressions and loss of auditory control -- are absolutely hilarious; not to mention his fifteen second rise to orgasm.

The film is edited extremely well, mostly taking place in San Francisco, but also in Paris and a few other locations. The map animation sequences are very nicely done as are a few other animations related to travel and Zahedi's history.

The fact that I AM A SEX ADDICT won the Gotham Award in 2005 for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You should be a useful gauge for those considering this movie as a rental or purchase.
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