Caveh Zahedi's one-of-a-kind movie -- a funny, inventive, ground-shifting hybrid of essay film, mea culpa, and pathological real-life romantic farce -- aims for truth by wrecking its own verisimilitude. A micro-epic autobiography of broken relationships and sexual hang-ups encapsulating 20 years of the filmmaker's life, I Am a Sex Addict kids not only its no-budget resources, but the oddity of reconstructing personal experience in cinematic terms. The writer-director-star uses home movies, animation, impish digressions, and deliberately artificial (and explicit) flashbacks to examine his failed marriages and the obsession with prostitutes that helped ruin them. Spiraling from surreptitious dirty talk to rape fantasies and thwarted rough sex, Zahedi bravely lays open his libido; a macho poseur would have seen the role as a braggart's holiday. Zahedi, on the other hand, toddles toward a prostitute's rape-me beckoning like a dutiful child and widens his face in a half-dozen of the funniest, least vain male orgasms in movie history -- the faces our wives and girlfriends thoughtfully try to ignore.
Director: Caveh Zahedi
Writer: Caveh Zahedi
Producer: Thomas Logoreci, Greg Watkins and Caveh Zahedi
Cast: Rebecca Lord, Emily Morse, Amanda Henderson, Alexandra Guerineaud, Katarina Fabic, Stephanie Carwin, Corinna Chan, Olia Natasha, Bruna Raynaud and Anastasia Vega