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Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, lives with her stepfather, a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. One day she happens to read one of his "erotic" books and its power so affects her that begins to find herself sexually attracted to her stepfather. He notices this, and eventually brings her into his dark world of sexual perversion and murder. Written by
The film was not released theatrically in Germany and only became available there in 2003, in DVD format. Rumors about German being the original language of the film probably are wrong, as the DVD had to have new dubbing. Most Eurocine productions were shot without sound and dubbed later, in different languages, according to the different markets. See more »
Albert Radeck de Franval:
Eugenie, you've just discovered life's deepest purpose: the quest, the grail mankind has sought throughout the ages - ultimate power of human beings. Yes, the power which comes from the pleasure of giving pain. Living each moment with intensity and awareness while they suffer. You'll find out that the key to life is nothing but your own pleasure. You'll be amazed to find out that pleasure is always at someone else's expense. We'll carry this to its ultimate expression through wounds and blood ...
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One of Jess Franco's best has Soledad Miranda playing the naive Eugenie, a young girl who one day discovers a sexual book that has been hidden by her stepfather Albert (Paul Muller). Soon the two begin a series of murders just for the sake of being able to get away with it and their weird connection eventually leads to a sexual relationship.
Based on the work of Marquis de Sade, this film here is without question one of the director's best and there's no doubt that it's the best film that he and Soledad worked together on. While VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTACY are much more popular and known films, this weird sexual drama manages so many things and contains such great performances that it's hard to think of the director and star being able to do anything else better. There are certainly some flaws to be found in regards to the plot but the overall weirdness created by Franco is just something rather unique and special in its own way.
The film certainly works so well because of the two lead actors. Miranda was always good when she worked with Franco but this here is without question her greatest performance. Her character goes through quite a few awakenings here and I thought the actress perfectly captured all of them. Just look at the opening shot of her when we just see her sitting in a chair. Just the look in her eyes tells us everything we need to know. Whenever it comes time to seduce her father and other victims, the actress pulls this off without a problem. She even has some comic moments here including a striptease sequence. As great as Miranda is, the attention often makes one overlook how great Muller is as well. I really thought he managed to pull off this role and the snake quality he brings really helps the film. This is especially true because you believe that you're watching such a sick person who would plan not only these murders but the seduction of his stepdaughter and another crime that I won't ruin for those who haven't seen the film.
Franco's direction is also among the best of his career as he makes the film flow very smoothly. He takes the film from one weird sequence into another and manages to make you like both of these characters no matter how strange and diabolical they are. Another major bonus is the terrific score by Bruno Nicolai, which perfectly captures the innocence of the girl at the start of the film and the weird sexuality she begins to go through. EUGENIE DE SADE features a director at the top of his game, an actress at her very best and a score that just perfectly brings everything together.
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