little dialogue there is consists of stuff like this:
hot. I want to fuck her."
come in the water?"
"I got us
tickets to Bali. Are you happy?"
In addition to
the fact that the dialogue is unimportant, the DVD also allows you to
listen to it in French with English sub-titles, so there is no issue
like the inept dubbing that sabotaged the first Emmanuelle picture.
other will also appreciate that this film seems to have adopted a
somewhat more politically correct view of sex than the first
Emmanuelle, in which Emmanuelle is now choosing to have sex with some
men, and choosing not to with others. Long gone is the earlier
philosophy that Emmanuelle can learn the true meaning of love only
after being raped and repeatedly sodomized by Stone Age villagers. In
fact, I think your wife or girlfriend will find that this one has a
reasonably evolved consciousness of the feminine viewpoint.
The movie is
really a series of vignettes that work something like this:
- Shot of plane
flying to Bali
- 3-5 minutes
of travelogue - colorful location photography and exotic local
minutes of sex scenes.
- Next segment
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always a big hit in Hong Kong, with far more exotic apres-frame
activities than those silly pinball games you'll find in Chi-Town.
The film has a
simple formula: nothing except beautiful photography of exotic locales
and sex scenes. That is why you watch an Emmanuelle movie, and this
one delivers the goods. The DVD is reasonably good. It appears that
they had to cobble the DVD print together from more than one source
medium. Some scenes are exquisite, while others, like the opening
scene, are green, fuzzy, and faded. Not only that, but the opening
scene is in a different aspect ratio (about 2.55:1)! I'm guessing that
the main print or negative they used was damaged and they had no
choice but to substitute some footage from an inferior print. Once
that first scene is over, however, there are only sporadic lapses in
the quality, and some of it is truly excellent. The massage scene is
genuinely erotic, if lengthy.
L'Antivierge is the second of the authentic Emmanuelle trilogy.
This time, we change directors (the previous one was offered the
job and declined), we go from Thailand to Hong Kong, and
Emmanuelle's husband changes jobs. This time he is an engineer,
played by a new actor. The short version of the plot this time
is three words -- Emmanuelle has sex. There is no plot arc in
this film, but rather a series of sexual exploits, beginning
with another passenger in the shipboard dormitory that
Emmanuelle arrives on, through a tattooed polo player, her
husband, a sexual acupuncturist, a massage girl, three men at a
brothel, and finally a three way with her husband and young
friend Catherine Rivet.
The three of them visit the massage parlor together, and one of
the massage girls is Laura Gemser. All three of these women show
everything, and there is copious nudity from other massage
girls, women in the shipboard dorm, and women in the brothel.
Kristel contracted an eye infection during filming, hence sun
glasses in many of her scenes. The producer had enough bookings
before principal photography began that the film was assured of
a profit when it started. The French board of censors properly
said it was an 18 and above film, but a minister out to make a
name for himself over-ruled them and gave it a porn rating.
Rather than release it with that rating, they released it
everywhere but France, and sued. They eventually won, but some
Spanish theaters made a fortune from French people crossing the
border to see it. Kristel recorded the theme song for this film.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 4.4. yes, of course that is a fair rating if
you view the film as a "legitimate" movie, since
it lacks any cinematic elements except pretty photographs
and sex scenes. On the other hand, if you like pretty
photographs and sex scenes, it offers a quality
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
Scoop says. "This film is a C. A good softcore from the golden
age of arty softcore". Tuna says, "It delivers on nudity, has
some nice scenics (especially in Bali), and is filmed in a
beautiful Wide Screen, but there is no central conflict at
all, and I found myself wanting plot. C-"