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Simona (1974)

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While at a bullfight Simona begins flashing back to a torrid sexual relationship she had with George (Maurizio Degli Esposti). Her relationship with George was one of open sexual discoveries which eventually led to revenge and murder.

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Credited cast:
Laura Antonelli ...
Simone
Marc Audier
Ramon Berry
Arturo Colonello ...
Narrator (voice)
Maurizio Degli Esposti ...
Georges
Michel Lechat
Patrick Magee ...
Le père
Margot Margaret ...
La marquise Marcelle de la Paille
Jo Maxane ...
La mère de Marcelle
Yvette Merlin
Quentin Milo ...
Gille
Ludovica Modugno ...
Simone (voice)
Germaine Pascal
John Trigger ...
L'étranger
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L'oncle de >Marcelle
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While watching a bullfight Simone remembers... She recalls the day when, as she was making love on the beach with her lover Georges, she was being spied on by a girl. She recollects how Georges and she made friends with Marcelle and how they found out that she was under the thumb of her demented father and her wicked uncle, how they became a ménage à trois and how tragically all that ended... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Director (Donald Cammell) was hired to supervise an English language re-edit of this film, which ultimately was never released. See more »

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Totally different than you might expect
12 December 2014 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Simona" was produced in the early Seventies, definitely during Laura Antonelli's most prolific and successful time of movie-making. It is surprising then that this movie quickly slipped into obscurity. But it doesn't take more than 10 minutes of watching to understand why.

It is a desolate village somewhere on the Belgian beaches, it is fall. The shy young man George meets the hooker Simona, and they quickly fall in love. Then they meet the strange young girl Marcelle and they put her into the center of their relationship. What's holding Marcelle back is her degenerate father, a body preparator, who has never gotten over the death of his wife and sees Marcelle as some form of replacement. When he finds out about the girl's contacts to George and Simona, he locks her up in his castle. The rescue attempts have tragic consequences…

While this may sound like a love drama, the movie is 70ies weirdness galore. No other decade could produce anything comparable and bring it to the big screen. I guess the name Laura Antonelli would sell everything at that time, but that's a little bluff anyway. Lauras role is not too big and that important to justify naming the movie after it, if any, the movie should be called "Marcelle".

Don't expect anything here, especially no deep plot, no character development or even comprehensible behaviour, just a lot of "what the…" moments. This movie wants to be strange, different and vanguard by all means and is definitely successful at that. There is plenty of nudity, but it's never erotic. The sex is weird and disgusting (unless you got a fetish for doing it covered in slimy stinky seaweed). All characters are either weirdos or complete maniacs, with the exception of Marcelle who is the tragic center of events and the only person you can relate to.

The thin story is less about telling, but more about experiencing and breaking conventions. There are long sequences which, I guess, are supposed to resemble a drug trip, where statues come alive, they dance, they feast, it's a orgy and the trio is in the middle. And there are many more dream-like (or rather nightmarish), supernatural elements throughout the film. The father and his freak brother(?) are of course the icing on the cake in their pure insanity, and they are the only elements to give this movie an edge of excitement.

I really liked the locations chosen for shooting. They are very moody and creepy, be it the empty beach, the forgotten theatre in the woods or the castle.

By 1974 Laura Antonelli obviously wanted to leave the comedy genre behind and went for more serious roles that challenged her as an actress. "Simona" was not too good a pick, as said, although having the main credit her part is not too important, and running around and behaving utterly idiotic is nothing to distinguish yourself as an actor. While there is not too much Laura nudity to see, oh boy, is she beautiful. You'd really wish she had more scenes, especially in the second half.

Overall, it's not hard to see why this movie is so little known and why the IMDb average is so low. It goes straight past general audiences' expectations and conventions. I clearly admit I watched this just because of Laura Antonelli, and I didn't like it. Definitely not my cup of tea, but giving a rating wouldn't do it justice. Writing this a couple of days later, I must say the images and the whole experience stuck more with me than I expected. I guess that's what the director wanted.

PS: If you think (like I do) that bullfighting is pure animal cruelty and if you don't want to be exposed to it: It starts and opens with such scenes, practically unrelated to the actual story.


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