Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape presents us with a protagonist who can only connect with others through the lens of a camera. Graham is an enigmatic young man who returns to Baton Rouge from a long road trip, mildly irritating his old lawyer friend John and wholly intriguing John's housebound wife Ann. John is conducting a sneaky and entirely sexual affair with Ann's sister Cynthia. For her part, Ann has lost interest in sex, yet Graham's obscurely charming eccentricity stirs something inside her - until she learns that he is functionally impotent and can manage arousal only with the help of a video camera and an agreeably loose-lipped female. Nevertheless, it's the dragging into the open of Graham's dirty little secret that causes all of these characters to confront their own veiled deceits and hypocrasies.
Steven Soderbergh won the prestigious Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival for his first full-lenth film, sex, lies and videotape in 1989, thus inaugurating a decade of American Independent cinema. He won a Best Director Oscar in 2000 for Traffiic. His recent films include Haywire and Contagion.