by Tuna

Guardami is one of the recent spate of modern European art films with hard core content, possibly one of the better ones. It is loosely based on the life of real Italian porn actress Moana Pozzi, who died of cancer. The director used the story of the star and cancer to give an inside portrait of the porn business.

A middle class woman has found the ideal occupation in adult films, in that she loves sex and is an exhibitionist at heart. While the job provides plenty of sex, she spends her time off with her female lover. Then she is diagnosed with cancer, and finds herself an outcast in the industry and at odds with her lover. During chemo, she meets a man in the same situation, and the two become an item. Meanwhile, she still tries to stay in the industry.

Mainstream actress Elisabetta Cavallotti took the lead role. Cavallotti reportedly felt that this was simply too juicy a role to pass up, and she didn't shrink from the sex scenes. In fact, she gave a very explicit blow job, and also performed a lesbian pas de deux with Stefania Orsola Garello. There's lots of nudity (male and female) and sex, although there are no scenes where vaginal penetration could be proved. Cavalotti's decision to take the role has worked for her, jump-starting a career which had theretofore been steady but not spectacular.

Elisabetta Cavallotti gave an outstanding performance, and I did not find any of the sex or nudity gratuitous. Unfortunately, this film is only available in Italian with no subtitles, and I do wish I had been able to understand the dialogue. I found it intriguing enough that I will watch it again if it is ever released with English subtitles. The film has far too much graphic nudity and sex to win over anyone opposed to that content, but presents a fascinating portrait of the porn industry and a sensitive look at someone dealing with cancer.

Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


C+ for the film and DVD if you are Italian. If not, D+ for this particular DVD, which has no value outside of Italy except to see good quality naughty pictures.


  • Elisabetta Cavallotti - all possible body parts, including gyno-cam shots. She also performs fellatio on camera.
  • Stefania Garello - breasts and full body from the side.




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6.0 IMDB summary (of 10)
  This is an exceptionally high score for a film with hard-core content.



Guardami DVD Elisabetta Cavallotti Widescreen (1999)


* widescreen anamorphic

* in Italian