A Spanish film today.
Luna Caliente from director Vicente Aranda, well
known for his erotic dramas (Carmen, Amantes, Lolita's Club for starters),
adds another to the list. Set in 1970 during the Franco regime, its main
character is Juan, an internationally recognised poet working for UNESCO,
although he says he's apolitical. Back in town (Burgos) for a brief
respite, he meets up with an old doctor friend and has dinner with him,
his wife and his 18 year-old daughter, Ramona (newcomer Tha´s Blume). She
just happens to be a flirty little minx, or so he thinks.
As he goes to leave, his rented car does not
start and the doctor asks him to stay the night. And that's when the
trouble starts. Finding it impossible to resist, he goes to where Ramona
is sleeping, pulls the covers back to reveal her completely naked. As she
rouses and becomes flirty, he sees it as an opportunity, except she
rejects him, but he continues, raping her and putting a pillow over her
mouth to muffle her screams. When he finishes, she is dead and he panics
and leaves quickly, except he encounters the doctor, who is drunk,
miserable and wants to go to the local whorehouse. Juan reluctantly drives
him back to town, but the doctor wants him to come to the whorehouse and
in a struggle, bashes the doctor's head on the dashboard, stunning him to
possible brain damage, again panics and stages an accident making it look
like the doctor drove off a cliff into water and drowned. Then he goes
home, sleeps and wakes up and his hell is just beginning.
That's just the first act of this very intriguing
thriller that has a great man who progressively gets worse as the film
continues, all because of this 18-year-old girl, who is something else.
Just watching the videos below will give you an insight into how devilish
she is. Definitely a challenging film with a wry sense of humour and not
for those who want likeable characters, because there are none.
I enjoyed watching this man's descent into hell
and Tha´s Blume plays a truly evil young woman with a smile all the while
and boy is she hard to resist. The usual warnings apply, it does get ugly
below... (why am I attracted to these films, I wonder?)
Thais Blume film clips (collages below)