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Germany in the 1970s. Whilst waiting for his girlfriend, a young student, Franz, allows himself to be picked up by 50-year old businessman, Léopold. In his apartment, Léopold provokes Franz into revealing his homosexual experiences and soon manages to seduce him. Six months later, Frantz has moved in with Léopold and they appear to live as an ordinary married couple. The strain is beginning to show, however, and after a row Frantz threatens to leave. Whilst Léopold is away, Frantz is visited by his former girlfriend, Anna, and their romance is soon rekindled. Before the two lovers can escape, Léopold returns and his charms persuade Anna to stay. Léopold's ex-lover Vera then makes an unexpected appearance and the menagerie is complete...Written by
This story that begins with a young man being seduced by an older man turns into a sexual free-for-all when the men are joined by previous female lovers (well, one of the women was male but had a sex change that turned him into the beautiful Anna Thomson). A better title might have been, "The Varieties of Sexual Experience."
Even with the nudity on display (both male and female) and the sex scenes, I found myself at a total emotional remove. For starters I could not believe for a second the relationship between the older Leo and the younger Franz. I never felt that there was any true chemistry between them and the plot depends heavily on your believing that.
The use of color and interesting camera work does add value--in fact I might have enjoyed this movie better with the sound off.
The many sights of Ludivine Sagnier's naked body will have certain appeal to a large segment of the viewers.
The final act soars into the surreal; some may find it humorous, but I found it simply absurd. Fortunately for me this film was only eighty minutes long.
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