Sex, Lies, and Videotape
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Once you get past James Spader's hair, this little masterpiece will really get under your skin. In fact, despite all of his hard work since, Soderbergh has never made a film with as much raw emotion and power as this one. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that everything happens so quietly. This isn't the kind of film that jumps in your face and forces you to watch the curiosities within. Instead, it just slowly unfolds while you sit there with nothing meaningful to say about it.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape turns out to be everything films like Shame were trying to be and more. The characters are stranger and filled with quiet horror, the plot moves…
η σεξουαλική ένταση που δημιουργεί, η υπόγεια διαστροφή, οι κοφτοί, ρεαλιστικοί διάλογοι, οι αντιφάσεις των χαρακτήρων που βγαίνουν ήρεμα στην επιφάνεια μέχρι να φτάσει το φινάλε και να συνειδητοποιήσεις πόσο η σκηνοθεσία του Σοντεμπεργκ τους έχει "εκθέσει" και ξεγυμνώσει όπως ακριβώς τις γυναίκες στις βιντεοκασέτες. my soderberg's favorite
A quiet little film that slowly sinks under your skin until you're floating in its essence and your thoughts are sinking back into the film and both of you are floating on dreams of what could have been even though what already is there is deep enough for those invited to sink in as well.
I kid, of course. One might even say that I've lost my marbles. Regardless, this Soderbergh guy is pretty great.
I don't have many concrete thoughts on this film. Undeniably impressive in many ways, and with a pretty great emotional power, but one I just subjectively didn't respond that enthusiastically to. And I hate using that argument, and it is a cop-out, but I can't really explain why I didn't like this film more.
To be fair, I didn't actually like Spader's acting performance, and the other man here had a pretty one-dimensional character. Andie MacDowell has a great performance though, and her sister is good as well. Maybe what I couldn't get behind is that it's a film ultimately all about pop-psychology which I'm always apprehensive about - Spader's arc and big reveal was a bit hard to take…
In 1989 when Stephen Soderbergh unleashed his indie film Sex, Lies and Videotape on an unsuspecting populace, he blew the minds of many, including yours truly.
Viewing this seminal film again almost 25 years later I realize that, although Soderbergh used some broad strokes in his character depictions, the film still has surprising depth and a truly interesting psychology resting just under the surface.
The narrative is tight and the flow of the film is just about perfect – an amazing feat from a first time writer and director. About the only flaw (and perhaps a giveaway that this is indeed an indie film) is in the area of sound – there are some beautiful ambient sounds in the background…
"Steven Soderbergh's directional debut back 1989 and it's a GOOD one. Soderbergh is one of my favorite directors of all-time and he writes and directs with brilliant intelligence about human sexuality. He puts together a great cast: Andie MacDowell (who was one of my celeb crushes back in the days, who's a TV actress nowadays) James Spader, Laura San Giacomo (who still looks nice today) & Peter Gallagher. Spader, San Giacomo & MacDowell are the true standouts here. Terrific movie."
Heavens. I really wish I didn't know that Soderbergh was only 26 when he made this.
Still love the mood and the quietness of this movie, and all the scenes with James Spader (Ow how I adore your ginger colored manes).
With this second viewing I paid more attention to the soundtrack and how well it fits the scenes. Turns out it's the first movie soundtrack Cliff Martinez (ost Drive) made.
earcandy and excellent workmusic
It's like some psychiatrist decided to direct a movie about sexuality, relationships, and sexuality. Which, surprisingly, is not my type of film. But, even more surprisingly, I liked it. I guess I was digging the cast or something...
Interesting story and memorable debut from Soderbergh.
Few quick thoughts--
The first half of this movie are really nice. The characters are all so.... personal. Familiar. There are cute little touches that introduce the players very distinctly, while also serving as a fine example of economical story-telling--nothing is wasted.
I'm thinking of things like Spader meeting McDowell for the first time, and then immediately asking if he can use her bathroom (then returning to the living room a few seconds later "false alarm!", only to then head back to the bathroom at the end of the scene, for instance. He's quirky and anti-social, but in the same way that people are quirky and anti-social in REAL LIFE, not the way anti-social people are depicted in the movies.…
Minimalistic and emotionally impacting. A swift and self-contained film.
A sincere examination of sexual intimacy, infidelity, and general honesty, Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" is the pinnacle of the late 80s/early 90s independent film movement. As a first time writer-director, Soderbergh brings his lead characters to life in such endearing ways, while also directing excellent lead performances, especially by James Spader. It's sad to know that after 24 years of making movies, Soderbergh is done in the world of cinema, but this film along with several others will leave a prime emblem on the legacy of his storied career.
Touching, intelligent, fascinating, very well-acted dissection of four characters and their relationships to each other feels very real. Good score.