Sex, Lies and Videotape

Steven Soderbergh, USA, 1989, 101 minutes

The marriage of neurotic middle-class princess Ann and her thrusting lawyer husband John is already in trouble, with him bonking her sister Cynthia while she's obsessing on world starvation and garbage disposal. Then old friend Graham hits town, intense, impotent and distubingly honest. A passive observer whose sole erotic oudet is videotaping women discussing their sex lives, he unwittingly inspires the sisters-at-odds to review their relationships with lying scoundrel John.

Candid conversations about masturbation, penises and orgasms are combined with some acute social observations and tight plotting to an offbeat but witty effect. Steven Soderbergh has elicited spontaneous, natural performances and assembled them into a fascinating jigsaw of neuroses, needs and nerves exposed with canny insight.

Review by David Khune
Taken from EUFS Programme 1992-93