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Submission (1976)
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
erotic, perverse and shocking, 5 August 2007
7/10

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This was a film I had been keen to see for a while, having read some interesting articles and reviews about it. It is now available on DVD, if you know where to look, in an Italian-audio only version.

There is a genuine sense of things seeming beyond the characters' control in Scandalo - the conflict of WW2 coming closer to the French town where the film is set, the now-chilly relationship between Lisa Gastoni's Eliane and her husband and ultimately, the charged emotional and sexual bondage that she finds herself embroiled in with Franco Nero's Armand, several moments of genuine and heated sensuality finally culminating in the shocking denouement involving Eliane's daughter.

Gastoni is impressively tight-laced, then emotionally wild. Nero is darkly seductive, then chillingly shameless - a further example of his talent, and willingness to play morally ambiguous roles to the hilt.

Scandalo's intent is beyond the realms of erotica, into psychological drama. Definitely not a film for the faint-of-heart, or easily offended.

6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Evokes the historical period and the conflict of its heroine effectively, 26 July 2007
7/10

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Christopher Miles' take on DH Lawrence is perhaps more delicate in its execution than Ken Russell's Women in Love, but no less appealing to watch. He strongly evokes the period of Lawrence's novella and the stifling home atmosphere that the heroine, Yvette, returns to. In that role, Joanna Shimkus displays beauty, spirit and conflicting emotions in equal measure, kicking against the straight-laced boundaries of her family and trying to come to terms with a dark secret at its heart, when no-one else will.

Into her life comes Franco Nero's saturnine gypsy, who has an immediate and increasing effect on the young woman. Having recently seen him as the pure of heart, but initially pompous Sir Lancelot in Camelot, his performance here is more akin to that seen in Django - a man of very few words, inclined more to action to express himself. It's not hard to see why Yvette is attracted to him - not only strikingly handsome, but also the absolute opposite of the young men she knows in the village, who all seem pervaded with post-WW1 uncertainty. There are plenty of sensual moments and a strong feeling of the desire he has created in her, as much to escape the familial bonds as anything else.

The denouement of the film almost seems a little rushed in the end, but perhaps this is down to its faithfulness to the original book which is just 10 chapters long. Worth a viewing if you enjoy other Lawrence adaptations, period tales or romantic dramas.