|thanks to tilapia at cg for this one!:|
“From the Jess Franco Obsession book:
Martine Bressac is released from a psychiatric clinic after a year’s treatment and is driven home by her chauffeur, Mathias. She is welcomed by the demented hunchbacked gardener Malou and the mute servant girl Adèle, and impatiently demands the key to her mysterious private chamber. There, set out like exhibits in a waxwork, are the bodies of beautiful girls frozen in postures of terror on the point of death. With Mathias’ help, Martine has just added another girl, a prostitute, to her collection when her husband and accomplice, Charles, arrives home with slides of a further prospective victim: Cécile the virginal daughter of a diplomat…
“Pleasure for Three” is a moden fable in which everyone is hoist by their own petard, bathered in the murky, torrid atmosphere that Franco is so good at producing. Alice Arno is magnificent as the keeper of the “museum of horrors”, a nod in the direction of the wax-museums American films are so good at portraying. Lina Romay as a sex-slave who only communicates by moaning is very credible. Only Robert Woods, a defector from westerns, is unconvincing. As it happens, he has since abandoned acting, and now sells water softeners for a living. Franco was to re-use the theme of perverted innocence in much more explicit films (nor is Plasir à Trois his first foray into the genre).
Great, low-key Franco which stands as one of his best de Sade-inspired movies. I only wish there were subs for this one as us non-french speakers are probably missing out on some great dialouge… If anyone has or could make subtitles i’d be eternally grateful!
Date: April 26, 2020