|Index||4 reviews in total|
This is a story of a woman who is drawn into the worship of the great
Hindu Goddess Kali. During a trip to India, she is introduced to the
dark Goddess, and is baptized in a sacrificial ritual. She brings back
to the states, the ultimate powers of Kali. She and her lover
experience the "Shiva/Kali" relationship....the Love, the Dance, and
the Destruction of those who dare to threaten her by any means.
*You really must know something about this beautiful Goddess before watching this movie ~with a critical eye~. Don't assume that because it is produced by Playboy that it is porn, smut, or anything related. There is a message in the movie that perhaps only those who know Kali will appreciate and recognize.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When one thinks of Erotic films the first thing that comes to mind is Voluptuous exposure with a farce story line with the former having predominance. This is a rule for the adolescent majority. However this film is an exception. This film has sophistication and culture that is designed to mystify the viewer in a positive manner about the strong sensual traditions of India that go hand in hand with the plot of the film. The film starts with the female lead a photographer (Kim Delaney) coming home from an assignment in India to which she wants to explore its traditions and culture for western interest and fascination to be amazed at its cultural richness. However in an innocent manner she gets drawn in to a cult that worships the frightening Goddess Kali from where she acts strangely in a sexual manner with mystical influence and feel that it leads to confrontation with her close associates such as her boyfriend (Chris Sarandon) and only one man understands a doctor played by the remarkable Ben Cross that leads to an auspicious ending for both of them. All the actors are well cast, the chemistry between Sarandon and Delaney is perfect. The music is good. The acting speaks louder then words due to the spiritual eroticism that make the basic storyline powerful. It also shows respect to a different tradition that it is fascinated by due to its exoticism with love over coming not battling anger that we can all relate to in a liberating time.
Maybe people can be afraid (or excited) right from the start as they see Playboy production but this movie offers much than expected ! Sure Kim shows (a little of) her beautiful skin (which can be a surprise as it's not her choice of career) but she is totally believable as the Femme Fatale and it's good to see her bad! However it's in the visual setting and its photography that the movie really surprises : nearly all the movie happens in Kim's big loft / studio and this environment is made mysterious and enchanted : orange light, saturated contrast, creepy darkness It reminds me a bit of the apartments in « blade runner » and that's not easy to get so far ! In addition, i found the Indian lore depicted with taste so even if the story is not really original, the movie is really well delivered and i really didn't expect so much !
Kim Delaney is pretty hot, and that's about it for this derivative and stupid "erotic thriller", which concludes with some mystical mumbo-jumbo that has to be heard to be believed ("if you surrender to the evil spirit, it will be kind and gentle to you"). Don't waste your time with this time-waster, unless you wanna see what it looks like when a grown man tries (unsuccessfully) to act as if he's "drowning". (*1/2)
|Plot summary||Ratings||External reviews|
|Plot keywords||Main details||Your user reviews|
|Your vote history|