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(H, LLL, V, NN. SSS, Ho, A/D) 23 obscenities & 9 profanities; two short fist fights; brief male and female nudity; extensive and blunt depictions of degrading sexuality, including: adultery, foot fetishism, sadomasochism, male homosexual kissing & foreplay, phone sex, masturbation, crotch-grabbing & fondling, & cross-dressing; and, smoking, drinking & drug use.
CHAIN OF DESIRE is a reworking of the French classic LA RONDE which follows a sequence of relationships from one lover to another, until the last connects with the first. However, instead of romance and passion, this film presents a sweaty, slobbering, demonstration of sexual anarchy, complete with adultery, fetishism and homosexuality. The film begins with Alma, a nightclub singer who is angry with her boyfriend, so she seduces a hispanic workman in a church. The “circle” continues through many perverted individuals, coming back to Alma who receives a call from her boyfriend telling her he is sick, and that she needs to be tested. Alma knows she is doomed, and we know a lot of other people are as well.
This poor excuse for a film, contains lame dialogue and concludes with the revelation that the first person in the chain probably has been infected with the AIDS virus. CHAIN OF DESIRE earns half a Brownie point for tossing a hand grenade of medical reality into the mix at the last minute. However, it is too little and too late to raise this offensive mush even to the level of cautionary tale. For these pathetic characters, and the multiplied thousands they represent, sexual desire has created other, quite lethal chains–of bondage, despair, disease, and death.