Zerophilia

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Zerophilia
ZerophiliaTheatricalPoster.png
Promotional poster
Directed by Martin Curland
Produced by Gregory Lanesey
Matt Radecki
Martin Curland
Alan Grossbard
Jay Whitney Brown
Written by Martin Curland
Starring Taylor Handley
Gina Bellman
Kyle Schmid
Kelly LeBrock
Music by Kevin McDaniels
Edie Pijpers
Cinematography Graham Futerfas
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Allumination Filmworks
Microangelo Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26) (São Paulo International Film Festival)[1]
  • October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13) (United States)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Zerophilia is a 2005 romantic comedy film with speculative-fiction elements directed by Academy of Motion Pictures' Student Academy Award winning director Martin Curland and produced by Microangelo Entertainment. It is about a young man who discovers that he has a genetic condition which will cause a change of gender following each orgasm.

Plot[edit]

"Zerophilia" is a fictional condition that affects an unknown number of people with an extra "Z" chromosome. Following their first full sexual experience, zerophiliacs begin to change gender after experiencing an orgasm. Luke (Taylor Handley), a young man somewhat insecure about his masculinity, begins to exhibit zerophilia following an encounter with a woman (Kelly LeBrock). He meets Michelle (Rebecca Mozo) and experiences partial transformations when they go out together.

He confides with his best friend Keenan (Dustin Seavey) about his partial transformations, who in turn contacts Dr. Sydney Catchadourian (Gina Bellman). Dr. Catchadourian persuades Luke to go through a full transformation. Luke does this by masturbating, becoming female and subsequently calling herself "Luca". Luca has difficulty achieving an orgasm to change back, even with coaching from Keenan's girlfriend Janine (Alison Folland). However, a visit by Michelle's attractive brother, Max (Kyle Schmid), who flirts with "Luke's cousin", enables her to get sufficiently aroused to complete the transformation back to Luke.

Luke is threatened by his gender transformation, his arousal by an attractive male, and the questions of sexual identity it raises; he seeks help from Sydney. She tells him that a zerophiliac can become "a-morphic" and stop changing gender only by having sex with another zerophiliac... such as herself. He reluctantly agrees to do it, but discovers afterward that she wasn't telling him the full truth: an a-morphic zerophiliac can still change by having sex with another zerophiliac, and Dr. Catchadourian was using Luke to change herself one last time (into a man), leaving Luca as a woman in the process.

Comic tensions arise from Luke's efforts to keep Michelle at a distance, Max's defensiveness about his sister, Luca's half-hearted resistance to Max's affections, and Luke's confused aggression toward Max. When Michelle discovers that Luke had sex with Dr. Catchadourian, she feels betrayed. Hoping to find Michelle, Luca seeks out Max to profess deep affection for Michelle and remorse for betraying her. Max is touched by the apology, and reveals that he is actually Michelle, also a zerophiliac. They make love repeatedly, changing gender mostly in sync with each other, but occasionally finding themselves the same gender. It ends with the happy couple apparently resolved to their 'condition' and past any questions of their sexual identity.

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Release[edit]

The film was released on October 13, 2006 in theaters in North America. It was released internationally on cable and DVD in February 2007.

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