Despite its title, I Am a Sex Addict is not exactly a documentary either, but it's close. It's unapologetically a movie by Zahedi about Zahedi. At age 45, Zahedi is a neurotic on par with Woody Allen and Spalding Gray. Clearly obsessed with himself, Zahedi is a classic hedonist, a child of the '60s that wants nothing more from life than everything he can possibly grab. And yet he feels a bit guilty about it, particularly when we learn that what really gets him going is prostitutes, a subject with which he's quickly become obsessed.
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The story takes place during the second World War in San Francisco. Two intelligence officers are assigned to the duty of creating a false life for a dead man - including family letters, tickets to shows, and love letters from kindred souls - and planting him in Japanese territory to confuse the Japanese military of pending Allied military operations. Naturally, the two officers infuse their own personal letters, hatreds, and family situations into the creation of the life of the dead man. The only problem is that these two officers are the two most messed-up individuals I have seen since Hopper in Blue Velvet.
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The thirteen short films compiled here range from one to ten minutes in length, and the quality is completely scattershot.
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The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.