The story of this French 1988 b-movie is about a female tourist who becomes an inmate of a female prison island in North Africa innocently and fights for her rights and against any kind of oppression and corruption. Nothing really new, but the usual female prison plot, but directed very well and without the usual cheap thrills of that genre. There is not much sex, not much nudity, and the well-known lesbian sex scenes and violent fights are reduced to the minimum.
Director Serge Leroy is rather interested in the story of his female hero, her feelings and her relationship to her inmate friends and a corrupt policeman who is constantly humiliating her without success. There is much more focus on the characters than in similar genre productions, and together with Marianne Basler's good performance, a calmed-down, but still very thrilling plot and the exotic settings of a lonely island, this production is worth being watched not only by exploitation movie buffs.
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