on 19 February 2003
I loved this movie. It is an exploitation classic- which is also thankfully uncut. Expensive sets, camp dialogue and beautiful naked (French) women are an irresistible combination for lovers of this ever more popular genre. Adapted from de Sade, it reflects the author's cynicism that those who do good are taken advantage of- and those who take the advantage gain the prizes. Poor Justine is our eponymous victim.
OK, it is a little unsubtle at times, but that is part of its charm. However the key point about this film is that it is titillating without being tacky. At the end of the day it is good clean fun and a thoroughly good watch. So if you like Eurotica, you will love this.
on 26 February 2005
1970s costume malarkey with Justine running from one den of depravity to another. It is in fact only when she seeks sanctuary at a monastery that her virtue is finally undone (watch out for the Michael Palin lookalike there). The rest of the time, it is a case of continual strippings, beatings, brandings and gropings that in the end become downright funny rather than sick. Mischievous fun for those so inclined.