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Ruth and Michel separate after Ruth finds another man, Paul. Ruth and Paul go to her sunny, idyllic beach side villa to spend summer. They are having a great time together, and then things start happening. The brakes of the car fail, and Ruth narrowly escapes death. The driving equipment goes faulty, and Ruth almost drowns. Michel turns up at their doorstep for an uninvited social call, and Paul asks him in. Ruth suspects Michel of being the person behind the mechanical faults of the car and the diving equipment, but Paul dismisses such a possibility - but he does suggest it to Michel. Then, the heat does go up... Written by
Any Giallo fan will quickly be able to pin down where the inspiration for this film comes from, as it's essentially an amalgamation of the central plots used in Umberto Lenzi's Giallo's Orgasmo and A Quiet Place to Kill. The film even stars Analía Gadé - who looks and acts a lot like Carroll Baker, the star of the Lenzi films. Personally, I am a fan of Lenzi's A Quiet Place to Kill; but not of Orgasmo, and I'm not a big fan of this movie either as aside from a big rip off of the earlier films, it's also a trifle dull and that's not good considering the only reason I watch Giallo is for the entertainment value. The plot focuses on Ruth. Ruth has split from a husband and taken a man named Paul as her lover. The pair retreats to her villa for a bit of fun, and shortly thereafter; Paul's friend Michel turns up. It's not long before Ruth is unfortunate enough to be involved in a couple of accidents; her brakes fail while driving and her oxygen tank runs out while diving. Ruth starts to become paranoid and believes that Paul may be trying to kill her.
In The Eye of the Hurricane benefits from some very good production values and a more than capable cast. Analía Gadé is good in the lead role, and credit must be given to her because the script gives the viewer no reason to get behind her moping character. She stars alongside Jean Sorel, who is suave and just a bit sinister. The film is billed as an erotic thriller, and this really couldn't be further from the truth. Analía Gadé is not particularly sexy anyway, and the plot doesn't allow for much eroticism. Obviously this description was put in place to help sell the film; but it gives the viewer the wrong impression. Director José María Forqué does well with the location shots; the sun baked central setting provides just the right sort of atmosphere for a film like this. The paranoia stemming from the central situation is the film's strongest element and it's fairly well done; the central character's handling of finding out about her lover's plot is interesting and pretty original. Overall, I wouldn't rate this film too highly in the grand scheme of the Giallo genre; it's worth a look for hardcore fans but otherwise it's better to stick to Lenzi's similar and more freely available pair.
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