Robert (Ghislain Van Hove) agrees to keep an eye on the friends' girlfriend while the other is out of the country. The girl in question, Jocelyne (Brigitte Lahaie), in return persuades any ... See full summary »
Georges (Guy Bérardant) is head over heels in love with Claire (Julia Perrin), his lover. Since he is still has nice feelings towards his wife (Brigitte) he would like to simply divorce, ... See full summary »
Robert (Ghislain Van Hove) agrees to keep an eye on the friends' girlfriend while the other is out of the country. The girl in question, Jocelyne (Brigitte Lahaie), in return persuades any woman who catches Roberts fancy to a carnal encounter. The wide range of females include a stewardess, a shop assistant, a countess, a mother and daughter they meet at a café, the usher from the local adult cinema and just about any other woman they pass on the street. Written by
A prime example of how simplicity in set-up and storytelling can yield maximum eroticism from the unsung Claude Bernard-Aubert (signing with his usual nom de porn of 'Burd Tranbaree' which is an anagram of his last name), now released on French DVD as a double bill with Jean-Claude Roy's endearingly loopy MAITRESSE POUR COUPLE, also with Brigitte Lahaye. Great value !
Happy go lucky bachelor Ghislain van Hove agrees to take care of his best friend's fiancée (who else but the radiant Brigitte) while he's off on a business trip, urging him to take full advantage of the girl's special talent for procuring whatever lady he should take a shine to as a ready, willing and able sexual partner within just a few hours ! Now this must be every red-blooded male's ultimate dream come true : to have a woman as flawless as the luscious Lahaye catering to your every whim as well as providing you with everyone else you might be even the slightest bit interested in at the drop of a g-string. Duh !
Handsome van Hove, an overlooked Golden Age mainstay who's nowhere near as well remembered as Richard Allan (incidentally the only other performing male in this outing) or Dominique Aveline, turns out to be an okay thespian and an especially impressive lover as he moves from one obliging young lady to the next, though not always with the traditional pay-off you'd expect from the genre. Given the short shooting schedules for adult features, even in the days of cinematic carnality, this should come as no surprise as the poor man might've expired on the spot from sheer exhaustion. What a way to go though.
Considering the predominant presence of a single male, the large number of sexual encounters (some of them very short) could very easily have grown tedious and repetitive. Yet most of them retain a sharp erotic edge, coming off as varied as a bunch of scenes centered around one man could possibly be. The loveliness of the female cast certainly helps matters along. Brigitte had a glowing youthful beauty at the time (actually, she's still every bit as gorgeous these days), handles her dialog with confidence and is part of most sex scenes in some way or other, making this a must-see for her fans who are rightfully legion. Special mention must also be made of a very young and innocent-looking France Lomay (a full 5 years before she starred in Fred Lincoln's THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS !) as the daughter in the threesome with van Hove and her mother Marion Schultz (from Claude Pierson's JE VEUX TOUT) and the side-splittingly funny Emmanuelle Parèze (also memorable in the same director's extremely popular VEUVES EN CHALEUR) as the perverted countess. Silky blonde Danièle Troeger (from Jean Desvilles' LES PLAISIRS FOUS) is the lingerie shop girl and Teutonic sex starlet Barbara Moose (unforgettable as the incurable nymphomaniac in Gérard Kikoine's stupendous CLINIQUE DES PHANTASMES) plays the white-clad bride in the finale.
As ever, Bernard-Aubert brings an unobtrusive class and professionalism to every aspect of production with glossy cinematography, well-paced editing and a bouncy disco soundtrack (the latter probably being something of an acquired taste...), enhancing that real movie feel Golden Age porn seemed to achieve so matter of factly but which was entirely due to the makers' background in mainstream movie-making. LA RABATTEUSE may be one of Bernard-Aubert's lightest, fluffiest forays into screen carnality. Oddly enough, it is also one of his most charming and engaging efforts, a sort of lightning in a bottle type moment in French erotica when everything came together to create something that was unique, sweet and irresistible, not unlike the incomparable Brigitte herself, come to think of it.
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