Bertolucci attempts to say that unspoiled beauty is worth preserving. Liv Tyler is charming as the foil to a group of freewheeling, lusting adults living by the Italian countryside (apparently the party never ends!). Jeremy Irons is great, as is Darius Khondji's luminous cinematography. Less great, however, is the episodic story, silly ending and a chain-smoking painter/sculptor trying too hard to be Mark Rothko.
Unsung under-rated erotic gem from Bertolucci. The tone and look uncharacteristic for the director. Darius Khondiji , a master of light, does wonders here. A frank and often titilating look at a young woman's blossoming sexuality. Liv Tyler just magic here especially in the penultimate moments. Great supporting turns by Sinead Cusack, Jeremy Irons and especially Donal McCann. Well worth seeking out.
"The movie plays like the kind of line a rich older guy would lay on a teenage model, suppressing his own intelligence and irony in order to spread out before her the wonderful world he would like to give her as a gift. Look at these hills! These sunsets! Smell the herbed air! See how the light catches the old rose-coveredvilla!" -Roger Ebert