|Burning Lips 71 mins.|
Calde labbra – excitation
The French Governess UK title
Maîtresse à tout faire 1981 France
Claudine Beccarie plays Lisa Braille, h/c b/g
Gabriella d’Amico presumably plays Anna, the maid.(non-sex)
Leonora Fani plays Francesca, soft g/g
Rosemarie Lindt plays Teresa, Francesca’s mother
Sofia Dionisio as Flavia Fabian, Francesca’s friend, non-sex, plays Monica
Francesca is beginning to be curious about sex, but rejects the crude advances of a male friend and gets slapped for it. She is comforted by her governess/tutor, and falls in love with her. She gets enraged when she sees her tutor with a man and perhaps commits suicide, perhaps not. The ending is enigmatic. Were the h/c Claudine Beccarie sequences cut in from an earlier film specifically for the US release under the title Burning Lips, but in Italian? This seems to be shorter than the time given on IMDB for Calde Labbra.
Prophilo corrects the above version of the story –
Theresa (Rosemary Lindt), a widow and a businesswoman, has little time to take care of her 17-year old daughter Francesca (Leonora Fani). She leaves Francesca in the hands of Liz Bray (Claudine Beccarie), her new mentor, and goes to Milan. Francesca, who had been deeply struck when she had seen her father dying of a heart attack as he was raping his wife, quickly falls in love with Liz who is a lesbian. Then Francesca’s friend Monica (Flavia Fabiani) joins them and tries to seduce her in order to annoy Liz. The arrival of Gianni, Monica’s fiancé, makes things even worse. On the day before Xmas, Monica, Francesca and Gianni go to Rome to do some shopping. Liz, who is on her own, is seduced by Franco (Didier Faya), the gardener, under the Xmas tree. When coming back, Francesca discovers them together, she has a row with Liz who leaves the place. Monica decides to leave too, with Gianni who wants to marry her. Francesca, now alone for Xmas, briefly contemplates suicide but when the bells start striking, car lights appear on the path leading to the house… Theresa is back to spend the evening with her daughter.
From a review originally published in La Saison Cinematographique 1981