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The Virgin of the Beaches (1976)

The Awakening of Annie (original title)
Annie,an eighteen year old French virgin travels to Rio with her photographer. Once there she gets up to a series of sexual adventures.

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Credited cast:
Adige Assis
Elizabeth Carvalho
Taíse Costa
Ana Lúcia da Rocha Franco
Jannie Farias
Tânia A. Ferreira
Annie Friedmann
Hugo Jorge
Simon Kennedy
Hamilton Leal
Marcos Lyra
J. Macopi
Jota Macor
Sílvia Maria
Edy Maury


Annie,an eighteen year old French virgin travels to Rio with her photographer. Once there she gets up to a series of sexual adventures.

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August 1976 (USA)  »

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Annie: The Virgin of Saint Tropez  »

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Dark Themes in the Bright Sun
12 September 2004 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Awakening of Annie" is an odd film that tries to disguise its true motive, which is to depict sexual violence. Annie Friedman plays the titular character who is frigid from a rape at the hands of one of the ugliest and most truly frightening-looking actors I have ever seen on the screen. She models nude and semi-nude for a photographer and wears the skimpiest of miniskirts but does not seem to be mentally in touch with the fact that she is a latent tease. After fleeing from the aforementioned thirtysomething photographer who tries to have his way with her, she runs smack dab into another, younger photographer who shows her true love barely ten minutes after she tells him she cannot have sexual relations because of her rape experience. Annie is happy at last, but a very unpleasant twist of fate is on the horizon.

The beautiful, sun-splashed photography is totally at odds with the film's overall downbeat mood, and in this way it is reminiscent of a Jess Franco film. This film is very similar in theme to the same director's "Africa Erotica", but "Africa Erotica" has a much more positive atmosphere. Both films suffer from insert footage, featuring naked people bumping and grinding, who have nothing whatsoever to do with the film, and in "Annie" these inserts add fifteen minutes to the running time! This is truly a film for those who enjoy this highly exploitive, misogynist type of 1970's fare. While I will never reveal the ending, it is so unpleasant that today's sugary-sweet multiplex audiences would never be able to stomach it.

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