The story takes place in England around the beginning of the 20th Century. Sensually exploring a young schoolgirl’s awakening to love during her summer vacation. The young girl, Bilitis, is shocked when she witnesses her friend Melissa and her husband making love. Melissa encourages Bilitis to discover the aspect of love by seeing a young photographer, Lucas.
He tries to make love to Bilitis, and she rebuffs him and runs to Melissa, who in comforting Bilitis finds herself responding to her kisses. But she tells Bilitis there must be nothing more between them. Bilitis discovers Melissa’s husband is with another woman, so she decides to find another man for Melissa. Doing so Bilitis is realising she is not yet ready herself for adulthood. The English photographer David Hamilton has achieved unusual visual beauty in making his first motion picture enhanced by the music of Francis Lai.
Director: David Hamilton.
Cast: Patti D’Arbanville, Mona Kristensen, Bernard Giraudeau, Gilles Kohler, Mathieu Carrière, Irka Bochenko, Jacqueline Fontaine, Marie-Thérèse Caumont, Germaine Delbat, Madeleine Damien, Camille Larivière, Catherine Leprince, Mirella Rancelot.
France, Italy, 1977.
James R. (verified owner) –
David (verified owner) –
Good but not great picture quality — particularly important given the painterly quality of the film. Has all the hallmarks of 1970’s French soft erotica: lush music; very attractive cast; beautiful locations; thin story with pretentious dialogue. Enjoyable film from back in the day.
Anonymous (verified owner) –
Jérôme (verified owner) –
Very satisfying quality