My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

Smarmy film by Lynne Stopkewich (her directorial debut) about a necrophiliac woman () who spends her evenings making love to the various cadavers that inhabit the funeral home she works at as an apprentice embalmer. Sound like something you’d never be able to watch? Funny enough, it’s not as revolting as it sounds. Stopkewich makes the smart decision not to sensationalize the subject matter, instead portraying a woman who needs the ultimate control over her relationships and uses her clients as a tool to achieve that.   shows up as a love interest who offers Parker the opportunity to indulge in a real relationship, until he realizes that he’s no match for the totally vulnerable sexual partners she prefers. The film is well acted and photographed, but eventually so very tame and mature in the way that it deals with its subject that you wish it would shake you up enough to like it more.

Boneyard Film Company Inc., British Columbia Film, Canada Council Media Arts, National Film Board of Canada, UBC Department of Theatre & Film, Téléfilm Canada

Canada, 1996

Directed by 

Screenplay by , Lynne Stopkewich, based on the story We So Seldom Look On Love by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , Lynne Stopkewich

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , , Lynne Stopkewich

Toronto International Film Festival 1996


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