A rich woman, Raffaella, and some friends rent a yacht to sail the Mediterranean Sea during summer. The sailor, Gennarino, who is a communist, does not like this woman but has to bear with her bad mood.
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4.5 Sure, overly verbose, histrionic max, irony overload, explicit social commentary, but come on... this is CINEMA. I found myself sneering, gaging, laughing out loud often, even a little tear here and there (I'm sensitive). This feels like some open rope Buñuel dropped from the mast. The "point" is clearly made, via a devastating love story. A satire that pricks under the skin. But can you deny the humanity?
Really great performances that endure and a complexity emerges on repeat viewers pertaining to class dynamics that reverberates still. Being able to balance both of these without feel contrived is what makes this film amazing.
This movie is fantastic. At the beginning I was hesitant. I felt it was preaching political ideology way more than entertaining. But after 20 minutes, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Shocking, sexy and original.
An engaging and beautifully crafted Italian gem. Visually, films films shot on the ocean look this good. The banter between our two leads is wonderful - the writing and script are so fun that the entire film comes off as joyous ride. It may be too uncomfortable for modern audiences - the violence against women, although, she totally deserved it and it's more about socioeconomics than gender. It's uneven but so fun.
(...) Wir erleben die Untiefen einer sadomasochistischen Beziehung mit viel Gewalt. Je mehr sie sich unterwirft, desto mehr Lust verspürt sie, ja sie fühlt das Pathos der Liebe. Doch wir haben es mit einem gegensätzlichen Paar zu tun. Nun müssen sie sich entscheiden: Bleiben sie abgeschieden auf der Insel oder kehren sie in die Zivilisation zurück?(...)
Altro pezzo forte della nostra storia cinematografica. La metafora classista viene resa perfettamente,grazie a due attori clamorosamente in parte ed ad un'ambientazione e a dei tempi scenici sempre di gran livello. Il finale crudo e realista eleva ancor di più il tutto. .Un nostro grande film.