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The Lie (1985)

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This is a story of love and lust shaded with overtones of incest and lesbianism. Livia is a woman trying to regain the affections of her husband Alberto, whose journalism career takes him ... See full summary »

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Livia
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Alberto
Amanda Sandrelli ...
Monica
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Direttore Giornale
Claudia Cavalcanti ...
Tiberia
Elena Pompei ...
Maria
Anita Zagaria ...
Graziella
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Capitano C.C.
Fabio Ferrari ...
Giovanni
Jorge Krimer ...
Medico
Shereen Sabet ...
Anna
Serena Sciarrini ...
Federica
Diego Verdegiglio ...
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This is a story of love and lust shaded with overtones of incest and lesbianism. Livia is a woman trying to regain the affections of her husband Alberto, whose journalism career takes him away for months at a time - on purpose. What she does not know is that he has an undeniable attraction for their daughter Monica. Livia's own sexual eccentricities lead her to hire young women to have sex with Alberto while she listens in hiding. When Monica wants to get into the act too, the real truth about her parentage is revealed. Written by Ørnås

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Classier than it sounds
26 January 2014 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This the story of a middle-aged woman (Stefania Sandrelli) who is trying to regain the attention of her long-time husband (whose apparently unaware he's married to an Italian sex bomb, middle-aged or not). When she finds out he is going with younger women and prostitutes, she concocts a hare-brained scheme to shock him to his senses by setting up an assignation with the couple's own teenage daughter (Amanda Sandrelli)! This definitely seems like a bad idea--apparently, the mother character hasn't seen many Italian films of this era where it wasn't uncommon for mother's boyfriends, stepfathers, and even fathers to wind up sleeping with their girlfriend's daughter, their step-daughter, or even their own daughter! Without spoiling it, this isn't as perverse as it could be (the younger Sandrelli doesn't even have nude scenes), but is an odd vehicle for a real-life mother and daughter to say the least.

Stefania Sandrelli is the obviously more famous of the two actresses. She first drew attention in the early 1960's when SHE was a beautiful teenager in films like "Seduced and Abandoned". In the 1980's she had a lot of roles as sexy middle-age mothers in films like this, "Desideria", and most famously, she played the mother of 17-year-old Penelope Cruz in "Jamon, Jamon" where the two of them should have won some kind of award for literally being the sexiest mother-daughter combo (who could have REALLY been mother and daughter) ever. Amanda Sandrelli can't really compete with Penelope Cruz or even her own middle-age mother here, but she's definitely pretty and not a bad actress. Unfortunately, she came of age just as the once vaunted Italian film industry began its slow implosion, She is good in this and the excellent 80's giallo "La Casa di Buon Ritorno", but she hasn't had anywhere near the career of her mother.

I wouldn't recommend this to your more committed perverts who harbor mother-daughter fantasies (I'm more of an uncommitted pervert). For everyone else though, it is very well acted and a lot more classy than its sleazy plot might suggest. Check it out.


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