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Not bad for a B movie. This film involves a rather unique plot involving two lovers who get caught up in a bad situation. Carolyn Lowery is absolutely breathtaking as Andie, the female lead. She must go to work for a high priced,exclusive call girl/white slaver organization to raise money to free her imprisoned lover. As B movies go, it's ahead of the pack with nice editing, sound and angles. The actings not bad either. The MAIN reason to see the movie for skin flick buffs like myself is the enchanting CAROLYN LOWERY. You will not find a more perfect natural body around. Bar none. She has a very smouldering sensuality about her which I would love to see more of in the future. You'll love her work outfit. I guarantee it. Rent it, buy it, or catch it on cable to see this remarkable woman.
Set in contemporary Paris, Vicious Circles turns Dangerous Liaisons on
its head by turning the dissolute obsessions of the rich against them,
for the sake of a legitmate obsession with a just cause.
In order to free her brother from a bum rap that could keep him in prison for a very long time, Andrea ("Andy") becomes a slave in a sex ring that provides film maker, Whitelaw, with the perfect setting with which to satirize the international haut bourgeois world of Paris, which he evokes with astute familiarity.
Unlike most erotic thrillers which hypocritically seem to condemn the sexual
exploitation of women at the same time they use it to titillate the viewer, Vicious Circles reveals a heroine who deliberately contrives her own exploitation in
order to bring down those who imagine themselves her masters.
I first saw this movie years ago, and have seen a lot of erotic
thrillers since. I watched it again recently and my estimate of it went
through the roof ... I simply had not seen enough erotic thrillers to
properly evaluate it when I first watched it.
In form it is an adaptation of a common Internet bondage fantasy: a hot young woman (played by Carolyn Lowery) is forced by circumstances to become the sexual plaything of a wealthy older man (Ben Gazzara at his oily best here) joining a sex club called "The Circle" as one of their slave girls. Basically, it's a harem, but the inhabitants aren't there because they are slaves or wives, they are simply young women who like all that money they get for being in the harem, and don't mind wearing sex harnesses and having sex with older men.
In most Internet bondage fantasies, the progress of the story consists of the young woman learning how very, very much she likes being (or playing the part of) a sex slave. But Vicious Circles has a much twistier plot that involves freeing her brother from trumped-up drug charges. She learns to use her sexual prowess for her own and others' benefit, becoming a more powerful person in the process. It's a refreshingly different story.
The direction, pacing, cinematography, and most of all the writing of this movie are all topnotch. The acting is a little wooden in places, especially by the supporting character. Carolyn Lowery pumps so much heat and sizzle into her character that her growth as a temptress seems matter-of-course: I can think of many actresses for whom it would simply not be believable.
There are a couple of very silly scenes, most especially the mysterious wazooifier and the grasshoppers. Well it's not PERFECT -- that's why I gave it an 8 instead of a 10. But compared to most erotic thrillers, which are either all erotica (and generally more pornographic than erotic) or all thriller (and generally not all that thrilling) this film is a work of genius.
This was slightly better than I had anticipated, but the basic plot was a little too routine for my tastes. Individual scenes were often unusual, and this helped to keep me interested, but most of the central developments were obvious and they kept my enjoyment of the movie at a minimum. This movie was certainly a decent time killer, but with a story this routine, I would need some good comedy or exciting action in order to overlook the standard plot.
I only saw the "R-rated" version of this mess, but unless there are many
more erotic scenes in the uncut version, I can't imagine it being much
better. The video box is most misleading as it promises lots of high class
sexual situations. Yeah, right! Lowery is a promising actress and her nude
scenes (not enough) are well done but nothing really happens in this movie
for about an hour. It's really quite boring.
What could have been a sleazy, yet interesting look at a high-class call-girl ring in Paris turns into a subpar, boring, Made-For-TV bit of tripe, spiced up only occasionally by the tease of Lowery flashing a bit of skin. I'd suggest watching a high-budget porno instead...
That's about all this movie is. Naked women and stale acting. The script needed to be worked on a lot. There were many points were I just wished they would kill her and get the movie over with. It has a few good twists, but overall it's not a good film in any way. I don't care about any of the people. I thought the ending was a little sappy and out of context for this movie. I can only recommend this if you're a 13 year old guy who just wants to see naked breast. Otherwise, skip this one. Overall 3 out of 10.
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