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Erotic Encounters (1978)
"L'amour chez les poids lourds" (original title)

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The Story of Oddyseus and the Sirens placed in the countryside France. Oddyseus is a trucker and his Penelope runs a café.

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Complete credited cast:
Georges Guéret ...
Jojo (as Georges Guéret)
Elizabeth Turner ...
Pamela
Nikki Gentile ...
Jacqueline
Jean-Marie Pallardy ...
Ulysse
Jean Luisi ...
Gigi
Jean-Claude Strömme
Johnny Wessler
Franco Daddi
Gilberto Galimberti
Giacomo Furia
Paola Maiolini ...
Emily (as Paolo Maïolini)
Ely Galleani ...
Ellie
Annik Borel ...
Transvestite (as Annick Borel)
Alessandra Vazzoler ...
Woman with eye patch
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The Story of Oddyseus and the Sirens placed in the countryside France. Oddyseus is a trucker and his Penelope runs a café.

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"Odysseus" meets "Smokey and the Bandit" --Europorn style!
28 October 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is not a particularly good movie, but it is certainly an interesting one. It's a modern-day version of "Odysseus" with the Odysseus character, "Eugene" (played by director Pallardy ) as a long-haul trucker who becomes lost in the desert after his horny partner is lured away by beautiful lesbian "sirens". They both end up at the villa of a woman name Calypso (played African-American actress Ajita Wilson) who takes them in, but insists that our hero have sex with her several times a day (poor guy). Eventually, they get away, but still have a long journey home as they encounter highwaymen and a very unattractive but VERY amorous one-eyed female bartender. Meanwhile, back home Eugene's wife "Pamela" (Elizabeth Turner) runs a truck stop where she is besieged by horny truckers wanting her sexual favors, so she delays them by holding various "contests", like seeing how long the men can watch two of her attractive friends go at it without getting physically aroused.

Obviously, this movie is based loosely on the classic Greek epic poem, but it also seems to be influenced by contemporary American movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" (a weird combination, I know). Besides the truck driving theme, there's a lot of Hal Needham-Burt Reyolds style bloodless brawling. And there's not only the usual good ole boy male bonding, but some borderline homoeroticism as well. One trucker picks up a pre-op transsexual and lets his partner have sex with him/her without telling him. Ironically, the transsexual is played by a real woman (Anika Borel from "Werewolf Woman") whereas reputed real-life transsexual Ajita Wilson plays a real woman. Between that, the frequent gay jokes, and the abundant male nudity, some viewers may feel sexually confused to say the least. Fortunately, there's also abundant female nudity and actresses on hand like Elizabeth Turner (from "Wave of Lust") and the lovely Ely Galeani, who plays one of the girls featured in the aforementioned "contest"(I definitely would have lost that particular contest).

I suppose if you take this as any kind serious adaptation of "Odysseus" (or of "Smokey and the Bandit"), it's not that good. But as far as European softcore porn flicks go, it's a frickin' masterpiece. It's interesting at least in any case, and worth checking out if you get a chance.


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