Following hot on the heels of the first sequel, Emmanuelle 3
(originally released as Goodbye Emmanuelle
) finds our heroine with the hearty sexual appetite tiring of the amoral lifestyle she leads with her husband. This time, the action shifts to the Seychelles and Emmanuelle's husband turns out to be a nasty piece of work, as at the mercy of the green-eyed monster as everybody else. Ironically, the erotic sequences which gave the first two films their notoriety are in much shorter supply here; after an early threesome, the most memorable is a beach scene stolen straight from From Here to Eternity
, although it's a damn sight less erotic than the Burt Lancaster/Deborah Kerr original. But the underlying story of a dying marriage gives the picture a stronger narrative structure than either of its predecessors. Sylvia Kristel now looks a touch bored by a role which has capitalised on her ability to convey wide-eyed wonder at the constant discovery of new sexual experiences. With no continuity of directors between the films it was left to Kristel herself to try and develop the character through a series of increasingly repetitive scenarios. When Emmanuelle falls in love with a film director she discovers an emotional emptiness at the heart of her current lifestyle. With her eyes newly opened, she rounds on the fickle, bitchy jet set brigade: "They are ludicrous with their talk of eroticism." The spell is well and truly broken.
On the DVD: Presented in widescreen 16:9 format with sharp picture quality, this release reproduces the original theatrical viewing experience down to the occasionally comical lack of synchronicity between the dubbed dialogue and the actors' lips. Serge Gainsbourg, the enfant terrible of French chanson, was never too fussy about his art and contributes a score of surprising banality which we can thoroughly appreciate thanks to the quality of the Dolby Digital soundtrack. The only extra feature is the original theatrical trailer, still trading on the original Emmanuelle's reputation as the "longest caress in French cinema". --Piers Ford
Emmanuelle and her husband continue their exotic odyssey, journeying to the Seychelles for more of their trademark sensual adventuring. This time however, Emmanuelle falls in love with a film director and this makes her husband show some very unswinging signs of jealousy. Features the music of Serge Gainsbourg.