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Bliss

Director/Writer: Lance Young
Director of Photography:Mike Molloy
Editor:Allan Lee
Music:Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Producer:Allyn Stewart
Triumph Films; R; 105 minutes
Release:6/97
Cast:Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp and Spalding Gray

Bliss may have worked as a soft-core comedy. It's barely watchable as a preachy, New-Age self-help film. Six months into their marriage, Joseph (Sheffer) and Maria (Lee) are already seeing a counselor (Gray), to whom Maria admits she fakes orgasms. When Joseph discovers she is seeking additional help from sex therapist Baltazar Vincenza (Stamp), Joseph confronts the hands-on practitioner and ends up a patient himself. Joseph puts Vincenza's advice to the test on Maria, and memories of past sexual abuse arise. Made-for-television movies are Oscar-worthy compared to this.


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