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A woman leaves her husband and immediately takes up with another man .
But her new beau has a strange friend that he knew from the "war", he
and also seems to have some kind of relationship with the beautiful
bisexual woman next door. Meanwhile her estranged husband is still
lurking around, and someone seems to be trying to kill her.
This rather odd giallo came out after Dari Argento had set the template for the genre with "Bird with Crystal Plumage". Strangely though, it seems to be a throw-back to the earlier Umberto Lenzi/Carroll Baker gialli like "Paranoia" or "A Quiet Place to Kill". The beginning is almost unforgivably slow with romantic longueurs of very beautiful idle rich people frolicking on the beautiful Cote de Azure beach while 60's Europop tunes play on the soundtrack (the movie often resembles a more staid French thriller like "La Piscine" than a Spanish/Italian gialli) . The plot, when it finally kicks in, is actually pretty good, but this movie is not as deleriously stylized nor is it anywhere near as violent as your typical giallo of that era. And it's tame even compared to the earlier gialli as far as sex goes--there's a long, ridiculous scene where the lead actress goes topless but the view is always obstructed by something (which resembles a running gag in "Austin Powers" more than anything else). It's hard to believe that three years later this same Spanish director would do the uber-sleazy "Beyond Erotica".
Still, tame does not necessarily translate to bad. This film has some good twists to it and is pretty entertaining when it get's going.
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
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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