Laura's Toys (1975)
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Joe Sarno's typically intelligent script and easy, observant direction relates the absorbingly intricate triangle drama story with his usual consummate expertise, drawing the viewer in with a sweltering and extremely charged sensual atmosphere that's both enticing and enthralling in comparable measure. Jack Justis' catchy, groovy, sensuous score, Steve Silverman's pretty, polished cinematography, and the uniformly excellent performances from an appealing and attractive cast (Brooke really shines as both an exceptional actress and exquisite beauty) further enhance the overall sterling quality of this fine film. Moreover, the copious sex scenes are truly sizzling hot stuff: sweaty, vigorous and highly arousing, but never too graphic or sleazy. Essential viewing for soft-core fans in general and Joe Sarno aficionados in particular.
Once again, in writer/director Joe Sarno's universe, all sex is fulfilling but, surprisingly, it isn't the only thing in life this time around and I would have liked to hear a little more about the Viking artifacts they found (outside of the stone phalluses high priestesses used, the subject's not explored). There may be other things in life but rest assured, sex is still a major priority and since everyone's having it, there's a happy ending that's an obvious advertisement for polygamy. There's a dreamy elegance about this high-gloss softcore "male fantasy" that shamelessly explores two of the directors pet fetishes: girl-on- girl sex and the notion that the past sexual entanglements of our youth exert a powerful pull on the rest of our lives. It looks to be something Joe's scared of because after Laura seduces Anna herself and Hanni beds both Walter and Anna, Laura gives a cock-blocking speech about how she's not gonna be Peter Pan anymore and gives Hanni the boot before she, Walter, and Anna link arms and decide to go off on another archaeological dig, this time to Peru.
That's not the only thing to suddenly go off the rails; Laura befriends Anna by not only telling her boarding school sexcapades, she reveals her jet-setting mother stole all of her boyfriends and in her later rejection of Hanni, Laura tells her childhood friend that the reason they drifted into a sexual relationship back in the day is because their mothers didn't love them, leaving them at school over summer vacation to fend for themselves. Oh, my. This time, the ravishing Rebecca Brooke's the titular puppeteer and just like in ABIGAIL LESLEY'S BACK IN TOWN, she's sure got her share of problems -all sexual in nature, of course. I've only seen two of her films but Brooke already looks to be the Susan Hayward of soft core porn.