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Lola (1974)

No es nada, mamá, sólo un juego (original title)
A 25-30-year old Hacienda-owner (David Hemmings) is misbehaving on women due to his traumatic youth; his mother (Alida Valli) covers him for his sadistic actions; however, when he wants the... See full summary »
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Juan
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Louise
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Tío
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Lola
Nuria Gimeno ...
Lucia
Galeazzo Benti ...
Doctor
Aquiles Guerrero ...
Aquiles
Lucila Herrera ...
Maria
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba hijo ...
Juan as child
Rudy Hernández ...
Isabel
Enrique Soto ...
Lolas Father
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A 25-30-year old Hacienda-owner (David Hemmings) is misbehaving on women due to his traumatic youth; his mother (Alida Valli) covers him for his sadistic actions; however, when he wants the daughter of the mansion supervisor to serve for him, things seem to get totally out of hand. He 'tames' her, but when 'tamed' and finally married, the young woman (Andrea Rau) soon becomes the dominating person in the family. Written by Demster <demster@skynet.be>

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Silly Eurotrash
29 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Descriptions of It's Nothing Mama, It's Just a Game (or Beyond Erotica) often mention the woman hunting aspect. While this is the most memorable section, the film is better described as a family Gothic.

On a struggling plantation in Venezuela, a family runs a business butchering rabbits. The oddball son, Juan (a miscast David Hemmings), has taken it into his head to take a female worker, dress her in rabbit ears, and hunt her. This may have something to do with, as a boy, having seen his father have sex with the help or it may be because the son saw his father die in front of him. Whatever the reason, the son is a loony. His mother (Alida Valli), the matriarch of the plantation, indulges him and the film implies possible incestuous longings. The third member of the family is the dead father's brother (Francisco Rabal), an obnoxious sort but rich and much needed for the continuation of the plantation.

As the film begins, Juan is hunting one of the female workers (she is in a bunny costume of course). When the victim is caught in a trap, Juan's dogs maul her as Juan watches remembering his father's death. The family concocts a story to cover the "accident," and Juan turns his eye on his next potential victim, Lola (played by the lovely Andrea Rau). However, Lola proves a more formidable adversary.

Viewers expecting a sleazy horror film like Seven Women for Satan will be disappointed. As a thriller, It's Nothing Mama is mostly build up. True, the film does deliver on nudity (Miss Rau), some violence (mostly at the beginning and end), and plenty of anti-social behavior (Juan has to break down Lola's will). Nonetheless, the film's pacing could be described as leisurely. Also, clearly some of the film is supposed to be humorous in an off-kilter way, but the humor does not quite come off. The ironic ending could have been better handled as well.

It's Nothing Mama, It's Just a Game can probably be skipped by most. It is far from essential viewing. However, fans of Andrea Rau might want to give it a try.


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