Sex, Lies and videotape

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Sex, Lies and videotape ★★★ 1989 (R)

Acclaimed, popular independent film by first-timer Soderbergh, detailing the complex relations among a childless married couple, the wife's adulterous sister, and a mysterious college friend of the husband's obsessed with videotaping women as they talk about their sex lives. Heavily awarded, including first prize at Cannes. Confidently uses much (too much?) dialogue and slow (too slow?) pace. 101m/C VHS, DVD . James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo, Ron Vawter, Steven Brill; D: Steven Soderbergh; W: Steven Soderbergh; C: Walt Lloyd; M: Cliff Martinez. Cannes '89: Actor (Spader), Film; Ind. Spirit '90: Actress (MacDowell), Director (Soderbergh), Film, Support. Actress (San Giacomo); L.A. Film Critics '89: Actress (MacDowell), Natl. Film Reg. '06;; Sundance '89: Aud. Award.