Visually compelling , mesmerizingly atmospheric but bloated with pseudophilosophical drivel and consequently dated , “Forever Emmanuelle” tries hard to be the most accomplished erotica film but trips on its pomposity and falls on its knees…
At an institute in Manila, researchers and eco-tourists trade stories about the Mara tribe, who live on a remote island and have an annual festival of rebirth in which some of the tribe forget who they are and begin again. Laure is the daughter of the institute’s director; she’s a free spirit who has captured the fancy of Nicola, a European photographer. After a courtship in which the voyeuristic Nick indulges Laure’s exhibitionism and sexual freedom, they set off for Mara land with Gualtier, an anthropologist, and his philosophical lover, Myrte. As they approach the Mara on the night of rebirth, who of the group will actually join the tribe to begin life anew?
The fact that this production was a messed up affair is probably a well known fact and has probably contributed to the overall status of the film.Let’s summarize briefly some of the background of this particular flick. Emmanuelle Arsan the author the Emmanuelle book itself ,penned a unique script for this particular film and was cast for the role of Myrte. The infamous Linda Lovelace was also cast for a role on this one but she declined after becoming a Newborn Christian totally condemning her past.Fortunately the smoking hot Annie Belle (Velluto Nero) stepped in and the whole production carried on.The Eurocult cinema stalwart Al Cliver ,who was at the time Belle’s boyfriend,was also cast and has a major role in the film.
Try as she might,Belle and her scorching sexuality cannot save the film,which often times borders with boredom. The expedition plot is underplayed and the Sexual freedom/swinging philosophy part of the plot is overplayed. Well yes, the Seventies was the era of sexual liberation and female emancipation but this doesn’t necessarily mean that a movie that deals with such an agenda can be successful and that is the major downside of the film ,it’s excessively talky and the subject matter is for the most part uninteresting .Little care was also given to the development of the characters and this is a shame because there are only four or five of them in the film.More developed characters could probably enhance the tension element of the film but alas this is not the case here.
So,Laure unfortunately has very little substance as a film but is however not a trainwreck.The production and the cinematography is lush.Belle is a bombshell and last but not least the film score is very nice and loungey and is very fitting to this movie.
Laure is by no means a great movie but suits perfectly a mesmerising Summer noon or afternoon and will at least visually please the viewer.