Like Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, 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 a 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 hypocrisies.