The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother, Sir Stephen…
This was Jaeckin's follow-up to the infamous Emmanuelle and it's much more of the same: glossy, soft core nonsense with high production values based on a notorious erotic novel published in France in the '50's. Surprisingly, celebrated director Henri-Georges Clouzot tried for years to bring an adaptation to the screen but, perhaps less surprisingly, he failed to arouse much interest from potential financial backers..
Quite possibly Jaeckin's most visually impressive film, a delirious rush of high-brow aesthetics and eroticism, lush costumes, sets and framing. Unfortunately its all ruined by an essentially retarded narrative, all the men in this film are either ugly, intellectually uninteresting or just pathetic, hardly worth being submissive for.
Ugly photography, corny music, bland acting, thoughtless art direction: there are no technical achievements worth noting here. However, the plot took some unexpected turns, and I was glad I stuck it out. I'll have to read the book now, I suppose. 2 of 5