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Totally different than you might expect
peterosenau from Munich, Germany
12 December 2014
"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 encounter the strange young girl Marcelle and two
plus one equals three. Marcelle's problem 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
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 an 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, 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 1973-1974 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
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
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