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Female Perversions is a 1996 erotic drama film directed by Susan Streitfeld (in her feature directorial debut), based on the 1991 book Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary by American psychoanalyst Louise J. Kaplan. It stars Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas, Frances Fisher, Laila Robins, Paulina Porizkova, and Clancy Brown. Aspects of female psychology, particularly the more morbid, are explored through the interactions of the characters and through their fantasies.
|Directed by||Susan Streitfeld|
|Based on||Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary|
by Louise J. Kaplan
|Produced by||Mindy Affrime|
|Music by||Debbie Wiseman|
|Distributed by||October Films|
Eve Stephens, a successful trial attorney in Los Angeles, is close to the high point of her career, which is being appointed as a judge. Her private life is less successful, however. She has occasional intense sex, sometimes with a male geologist John and sometimes with a female psychiatrist Renee, but the relationships lack warmth or commitment on her part. She is troubled by erotic nightmares and by flashbacks to the lives of her parents, centering on her unfeeling father and the suspicious death of her mother.
Both her professional and personal lives start unravelling when her intelligent but disturbed sister Maddie, who lives in a desert cabin, is arrested for repeated shoplifting. In the end, the two sisters begin to recognise the malignant influence of their parents on their lives and the unsatisfactory responses they unconsciously adopted, one seeking compensation in stealing and the other in sex.
- Tilda Swinton as Eve Stephens
- Amy Madigan as Maddie Stephens
- Karen Sillas as Renee
- Frances Fisher as Annunciata
- Clancy Brown as John
- Laila Robins as Emma
- John Diehl as Jake Rock
- Paulina Porizkova as Langley Flynn
- Dale Shuger as Edwina
- Sandy Martin as Trudy
- Marcia Cross as Beth Stephens
- John Cassini as gas station attendant
- Shawnee Smith as make-up salesgirl