Written July 11, 2008
While the times were different (set in the mid 1800’s), the openness of the story might remind you of today’s paparazzi-based TV shows. Ryno de Marigny (FU’AD AIT AATTOU) is a womanizer, a gambler, and a usually-penniless compatriot of numerous rich people in France. He endures a long-term obsession with a Spanish mistress named Vellini (played with fiery intensity by ASIA ARGENTO). While the film has been described as “scandalous & explicit” about sex, it’s French-- so it probably doesn’t seem that way to them (just to people like periodically-Puritanical Americans)! The talk and action is indeed unpredictably frank and generally not what you might expect. Aattou is dandy playing a dandy, Argento is fascinating even when unlikeable, observers are frequently pompous, and it’s enjoyable seeing a film so different from mainstream American dramas. But, don’t go expecting typical “happy ending” type conclusions to the various relationships! Recommended for open-minded filmgoers.
Written July 05, 2008
boring and dull.... outcome was very predictable
Written August 08, 2008
A Bit Racy, It Dragged a lot specially toward the end some clues unsolved and a bit slow!!
Written July 25, 2008
Asia Argento is mesmerizing. She is beautiful when she wants and evil and deceitful with just a change in facial expressions. THe movie is a little slow, but easily understandable even though there are subtitles. However, all of a sudden near the end of the movie it turns into a soft porno movie, not that I didn't mind looking at a naked Asia. She is definitely hot. I did notice a couple goofs: 1) I did not know they did Tattoos in the 18th Century, well you see one just above Asia's butt in one love scene. 2) Also, she has had a boob job, did not know they did those back then either. The acting is superb, but I give the movie a C overall, they did not need the naked scenes to move the story along; but definitely easy on the eyes. Signing Off: Neal The Movie Guy
Written July 27, 2008
This film was over rated. There was nothing new and each scene was predictable. I was glad it ended.