Investigating Sex

Investigating Sex is a 2001 comedy-drama film written and directed by Alan Rudolph, and stars Neve Campbell, Til Schweiger, Nick Nolte and Dermot Mulroney, and based on the book Recherches sur la sexualité by Jose Pierre.

Investigating Sex
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Directed byAlan Rudolph
Screenplay byAlan Rudolph
Based onRecherches sur la sexualite archives du surealisme by
Jose Pierre
StarringNeve Campbell
Til Schweiger
Nick Nolte
Julie Delpy
Robin Tunney
Jeremy Davies
Alan Cumming
John Light
Dermot Mulroney
Music byUlf Skogsbergh
CinematographyFlorian Ballhaus
Edited byJohn Helde
Distributed byUGC Distribution
Release date
  • June 17, 2001 (2001-06-17) (SIFF)
  • April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) (Russia)
Running time
108 minutes
United States

After a long delay, the film was released on DVD in the U.S. with a different title, Intimate Affairs, on December 23, 2007.


Set in the year 1929 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Edgar Faldo is a young professor who decides to assemble a group of friends at his family mansion to discuss the topic of sex and its advantages. Edgar hires two young women to work as stenographers to record the daily debates that his friends discuss to scientifically study sex. The two women, the sexually active Zoe and the frigid-plain Alice, have mixed feelings being around as Edgar brings over three of his friends, who include oddball English artist Sevy, German writer and novelist Monty, and fellow professor Peter. Edgar's father, Mr. Faldo, shows up with his new trophy wife, Sasha, to oversee the events as others who are Lorenz, Oscar, Sevy's wife Janet, and Edgar's disapproving French girlfriend, Chloe, all turn up during different meeting sessions to talk and interact with everyone on the taboos spoken for the "experiment" as Edgar puts it.


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