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Bali (1970)

Incontro d'amore (original title)
Glenn and Carlo are in beautiful and exotic island of Bali where they work on writing a photo book. Glenn is in the grip of a mystical crisis, influenced by the magical rituals of the place... See full summary »


Fulvio Gicca Palli (story), Pier Giuseppe Murgia (story) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Steiner ... Glenn / Guide
Laura Antonelli ... Daria / Carlo's Wife
Umberto Orsini ... Carlo / photographer
Petra Pauly Petra Pauly ... Brigitte / Reverend's daughter
Johannes Schaaf Johannes Schaaf ... Bradford / Black magition
Ettore Manni ... Police Commissioner
Lydiawati Lydiawati ... Glimuk / Carlo's mistress (as Widyawati)
Mila Karmila Mila Karmila ... Ilsak / Glenn's Balinese Wife
Fifi Young Fifi Young ... Bali Woman
Ida Bagus Njana Ida Bagus Njana ... Tillem / Sculptor
Renato Spera Renato Spera ... Reverend / Brigitte's Father
Tjokorde Gde Agung Sukowati Tjokorde Gde Agung Sukowati ... Tjokorde / Tourist Agent
Tienpeka Blanco Tienpeka Blanco
Mila Kamilki Mila Kamilki
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini


Glenn and Carlo are in beautiful and exotic island of Bali where they work on writing a photo book. Glenn is in the grip of a mystical crisis, influenced by the magical rituals of the place, converted to Hinduism, attends a holy friend, Tillem and lives as a polygamist with two indigenous wives. Carlo is skeptical, he doesn't believe in anything, only in his work, even if he doesn't disdain the company of a faithful indigenous lover. When his wife Daria joins him in Bali she makes a great friendship with the mystic Glenn and ends up falling in love with him. Daria and Carlo have an open marriage. Despite the love of Daria, Glenn kills himself after having performed a magic ritual that binds him to the Hindu holy man. Carlo returns to Rome alone in the throes of a depressive crisis, after three years he thinks he is seeing his wife again, but it is only a prostitute that he identifies with his wife. Tragic ending with Carlo who kills the alleged wife and commits suicide, after ... Written by lament

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Drama | Mystery | Romance





Release Date:

29 December 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Avventura a Bali See more »

Filming Locations:

Bali, Indonesia See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Alfredo Bini, who had had experience with his Bora Bora film, bought the rights to the film from the producers who were frustrated with the box office of Bali, wrote additional scenes for Umberto Orsini and a new character featuring Ilona Staller in Rome, with new director (Paolo Heusch) and cinematographer (Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli), and re-edited the film entirely, with several scenes cut to keep the running time circa the 90 minute mark. The film was re-released as Incontro d'amore, only, though some posters show this title superimposed to the earlier Bali title. See more »


Referenced in I Am Self Sufficient (1976) See more »

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amazing access to their rituals and ceremonies

I was so pleased to stumble across this as I've enjoyed my three recently watched Ugo Liberatore films, but this one is a bit of a let down. There were ominous signs because the film was withdrawn after initial release and poor reception and Paolo Heusch called in to re-shoot some scenes using Italian porn star, Ilona Staller. In fact I don't think these scenes could have made much difference. This is a rambling affair as a guy goes off to Bali to shoot the natives and discover something meaningful. My guess is that Liberatore wanted to explore the tendency of the time for these Asian excursions and being sceptical intended something of an expose. What then may have happened as with so many other films of this time, rather a lot of substances became imbibed and the director lost his grip on the film. There are some interesting sequences when the locals do seem to allow the Italians amazing access to their rituals and ceremonies but there is nothing to help us feel empathy for anyone and gradually we run out of sympathy altogether.

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