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The Seduction of Tessa (1986)

Le fruit défendu (original title)
X | | Adult, Crime, Drama | Video 10 June 1986
A photographer who still grieves for his dead girlfriend arrives in a small French village. His horny models join him there for a photo shoot. Meanwhile, a sleazy local farmer tries to rape his female farmhands and the models.


Jean-Luc Brunet


Cast overview:
Alban Ceray Alban Ceray ... Arnaud / photographer
Marianne Aubert Marianne Aubert ... Laura / Arnaud's girlfriend (as Patricia Violet)
Marie-Christine Chireix Marie-Christine Chireix ... Patricia / Arnaud's publisher (as Christine Glenne)
Yves Callas Yves Callas ... Emile / Arnaud's nextdoor neighbor
Yoko ... Tessa / farmhand
Patricia Bouvier Patricia Bouvier ... Nicole (as Sylvie Scott)
Jacques Marbeuf Jacques Marbeuf ... Le maire / The mayor
Hélène Shirley Hélène Shirley ... Chris / Model (as Helene Shirley)
Dominique Saint Claire Dominique Saint Claire ... Ingrid / Model (as Claire Forestier)


Arnaud Milton, a renowned fashion photographer flees to a quiet French village to put his life back together after his beloved girlfriend Laura was killed in a car accident he blames himself for. His publisher Patricia tries to relive him of his pain but all Milton sees during their intercourse is Laura's face. His next door neighbor in the village is creepy Emile, a farmer who plans to run against the town's mayor, but has one serious flaw - he likes to force himself on women, especially his female farm hands. One of them, an Asian girl they call the Wild Cherry but whose real name is Tessa, whom Emile forced to pretend to be his niece, decides to run away after one rape too many. Meanwhile, a group of horny models shows up to do a photo session with Milton. Two of them make a bet that whoever wins their private little bubble bath contest gets to seduce Milton (and as it turns out the other girl). Meanwhile, Emil stalks the models in the woods to rape them. Tessa sees this but ... Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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One look and he had to have her! [USA]


Adult | Crime | Drama


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French | English

Release Date:

10 June 1986 (USA) See more »

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Colmax Production See more »
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During the car crash scene, when the car is rolling down the ditch, it can be clearly seen that the vehicle had no occupants in it, yet when it comes to complete halt, both occupants are inside. See more »

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underdeveloped sex drama
22 January 2003 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

Most pornographic films just contain wall-to-wall sex with very little plot to hold things together or even to explain the frequent intercourse. This film is different, because it follows a dramatic story (about a man who lost his wife in an accident who now finds it difficult to relate to other women) and even 'sacrifices' sex scenes for plot development.

This is all well-intended but the execution falls short on too many levels: acting, production values, writing.

Alban Ceray (who plays the lead character Milton) has shown in the past that he can handle comedic acting, but this requires dramatic, even melodramatic aptitude, and he seems at a loss of what to do. Yves Callas fares a bit better, but Yoko is completely out of her depth.

Concerning production values, this was shot on video which makes everything appear rather two-dimensional. The 'special-effect' of turning a woman Milton copulates with into his deceased wife is more embarrassing than special (it was a bad idea to start with). The make-up artist (Colmax regular Colette Xais) was given too much freedom: Helen Shirley's face looks as if she had fallen into a barrel with red paint, and Yoko's final makeover goes so far that it disrupts the feel of continuity.

Finally, the writing is a bit superficial - the characters appear too shallow, we do not engage with them. There is also a lack of narrative thread to keep our attention, the events are too random and incidental to contribute to a rounded whole.

Overall, I watched this with a sense of disappointment, because there was enough promise to raise one's hopes but too many deficiencies makes this a missed opportunity.

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