Young Florentines take refuge from the black plague and engage in bawdy adventures and lusty exchanges.

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David Leland

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David Leland
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Cartwright ... Ghino
Christopher Egan ... Dioneo
Craig Parkinson ... Tindaro
Hayden Christensen ... Lorenzo
Simone Spinazze ... Andreuccio
Jay Villiers ... Bernardo
Diego Guerra ... Gerbino's Man on Wall #1
Ruffo Riccardo Ruffo Riccardo ... Gerbino's Man on Wall #2
Tim Roth ... Gerbino
Mischa Barton ... Pampinea
Sasha Mesina ... The Boy
Clive Riche ... Minghino
David Walliams ... Cart Pusher
Riccardo Merra ... Dead Man on Cart
Silvia Colloca ... Sister Lisabetta
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Young Florentines take refuge from the black plague and engage in bawdy adventures and lusty exchanges.

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Anything Can Happen When You're In ... Virgin Territory


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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Silvia Colloca (Sister Lisabetta) provided the voice of Beatrice in a series of short films, beginning with Dante's Hell Animated (2013), based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, another iconic 14th-century Italian work. See more »

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Dimitri's hometown Novgorod is misspelled Novgorad in DVD subtitles. See more »

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Lorenzo: [to Gerbino] You shit! We could smell you coming!
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Version of The Decameron (1971) See more »

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What a mess
30 January 2008 | by Forever_21See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this film but instead I'm bemused as to how David Leland managed to make such a mess. The plot is scrappy at best, there are far too many characters you are supposed to care about you end up caring about none, it's never clear who or what the film is really about, the acting is below par and the nudity is gratuitous.

The love affair between Lorenzo (Hayden Christensen) and Pampinea (Mischa Barton) is implausible and you can't help but feel that something is missing from the beginning of this film to help ground their relationship in something other than the odd coy glance. The acting isn't terrible but it is unforgivable in key places, in particular whenever Barton and Christensen kiss, which feel so forced and unnatural that it makes me wonder if Barton's real life boyfriend was on set watching.

I wouldn't call this film a comedy however there are some very odd moments where it seems comedy is the intention but it just doesn't work. For example a cameo from David Walliams would be welcome in any comedy but in Virgin Territory it just doesn't seem to fit - his zany exploits are mistimed and misjudged.

Also, there are many moments that defy all logic (what is Elissa suddenly doing in a lake on her own?) and a part me thinks that Leland was maybe trying to create a film that felt something akin to The Princess Bride. He failed, and he failed because I think he was also trying to create a film that felt like Zoro, or Sense and Sensibility, or Carry on Camping, or American Pie, or...in fact I don't think even Leland knew what he was trying to do.

The sexual elements are also misplaced with one or two moments where it seems Leland was gunning for the gross-out-teenage-sexual-angst genre. He fails again, falling well short of what we're used to and only confusing the audience further.

There are some facets of this film I did like: the film is pretty well shot and the scenery in many scenes is a joy. I found Count Dzerzhinsky (Matthew Rhys) a welcome light relief and his character by far the most interesting and Christopher Egan did a fantastic job of portraying Dioneo as the unhinged antagonist. However, these things could never make up for a film that really doesn't know what it's doing, which is a shame because it did have potential.


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23 July 2008 (France) See more »

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Angels and Virgins See more »

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Bracciano, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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