I Am a Sex Addict

Synopsis: In the moments before his third marriage, Caveh Zahedi looks into the camera and flashes back to a vividly disturbing yet poignant story of his long obsession with prostitutes and how that obsession has served to destroy his previous marriages and relationships. Can Caveh overcome his addiction and finally succeed in a relationship?
Director(s): Caveh Zahedi
Production: IFC First Take
  1 win & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Metacritic:
62
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
NOT RATED
Year:
2005
98 min
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Hi. My name's Caveh,

and I'm about to be married.

Um, this isn't my first time.

I've actually been married twice before.

Um, but I'm pretty sure

it's going to be the last time.

Um...

How can I know that for sure?

I can't, obviously.

My last two marriages fell apart because

I used to have this sex addiction problem,

and I don't really have that anymore.

Well, at least not in the way I used to.

Um...

You see, about ten years ago I started going

to these Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings.

Hi. My name's Caveh.

I'm a sex addict.

ALL:
Hi, Caveh.

For me, it all started in Paris

about seven years ago.

Actually, I wasn't able

to raise enough money to go to Paris,

so I'm just going to shoot it here

in San Francisco,

which is where I live now.

So if you could just pretend this is Paris...

...and that I'm 23 years old.

So anyway, I was walking

down the street one day...

...when I saw this prostitute.

The first thing that struck me

was what she was wearing.

But then I noticed her

uncanny resemblance to my wife.

I thought it was strange that I should be

so turned on by this woman,

and yet no longer the least bit

attracted to my wife.

You fucking shut the f*ck up!

This is Caroline, my wife.

How I ended up marrying her

instead of the person I was

really in love with is a long story.

But I should probably start by explaining

that I never would have married Caroline

if it hadn't been for the fact

that she was French...

... and that her visa was about to expire.

Actually, let me back up a second.

This is Anna.

She was my first real girlfriend

and the love of my life.

We had met in college

and had been together for two years.

Now, I should probably explain

that ever since I was a kid,

I was obsessed

with finding my soul mate.

Every time I would meet a girl

I would think,

"Is she the one?

"Is she the one?

Or is she the one?"

I was constantly falling in love

at the drop of a hat,

but the girls I was attracted to

never seemed to be attracted to me.

Things went on like this for years,

and I was starting to despair

of ever finding a soul mate.

And then I met Anna.

She had the most beautiful soul

of anyone I had ever met.

And the two years we spent together

were the happiest of my life.

It seemed that nothing

could ever come between us

and that we would always be together.

The only problem was

that I was a philosophy major

and believed in free love.

To me, monogamy was a form

of private property,

and I was against private property.

Let me try one more a different way.

Our role models at the time were

Jean Paul Satre and Simone de Beauvoir

because they were said to have had

a polygamous relationship

which had lasted their entire lives.

(birds chirping)

Anna had had affairs,

and so had I.

Of course, we both got jealous at times,

but we believed that jealousy

was something to be transcended

and that it was possible to love

more than one person at a time...

(beach music playing)

... which is how I ended up

becoming involved with Caroline.

We had met in Paris

a few months earlier

and had spent three

idyllic days together.

I know I said that we couldn't afford

to shoot in Paris, and we really can't,

but the actress playing Caroline,

her visa expired and she actually

had to go back to France

before we could finish the film.

Actually, let me back up a little.

You see, I had a really hard time

finding a French actress to play my wife.

And then one day

I saw this woman on the street

who looked a lot like the real Caroline.

So I started talking to her

and found out that she was French.

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Caveh Zahedi

Caveh Zahedi (born on April 29, 1960) is an American film director and actor of Iranian descent. more…

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