(1/2 star) Really terrible soft core porn. Just awful. Not even the "porn" itself is titillating in any way. The supposedly hardcore dialogue is mainly laughable dime store filth. Just low quality all around. Hell... I've wasted too much time already on this review.
A ridiculous final effort from director Borowczyk with a script that sometimes seemed ripped from the pages of Penthouse letters especially the narrated scenes. Marina Pierro is attractive but bland and lead Mathieu Carriere is just awful here. The ending is especially an eye-rolling moment.
What a glorious little insidious fable! Happily nihilistic erotica? People refuse (absolutely refuse!) to see the genuinely subversive and surreptitiously profound character of later Borowczyk. Their loss. This an all-the-world's-a-stage type deal. A boudoir can be a much-needed fantasy-destabilizing theatre of cruelty. Gushing comeuppance (pun intended). Borowcyk is not adequately accepted as a master of montage.
2 stars for the crazed, fast cut edits & quirky, kaleidoscopic cinematography. With a nod to the very particular ambiance Borowczyk achieves with his strangely baroque script & imposing Bach fugues. The minus three is for the rest of his achievements (eye rolls, yawns, facepalms, assorted wtfs...) in this last and sadly far from best display of his directorial chops. Subtitles obvs. a prank by an Anglo-hating genius.