A young American couple, Michael and Cathy who have just graduated from college, have known each other about 10 years and have been together about half that time go to of Santorini, a Greek island for the summer and are dazzled by the beauty and the uninhibited people surrounding them. Michael meets and begins an affair with Lina, a French archaeologist working on a dig. Cathy discovers this and goes to confront the other woman. Lina is quite taken with Cathy’s photographic work, and the three become very close.
What More Could One Ask?
As a genre picture, a nearly perfect movie. Thinly plotted sexual/romantic tryst dreamily, honestly and surprisingly innocently rendered, with lovely leads nicely shot in gorgeous locations. Another reviewer notes that the film would benefit from a less heterocentric depiction of the menage a trois, i.e. a little more girl-on-girl action, and I can hardly quibble with that. Considering the taboos, the times and the MPAA, I think the very capable filmmakers did a commendable job nonetheless. I feel sorry for anyone who can’t enjoy this little gem of a movie. That said, it’s a good thing Daryl Hannah is stunning, and that her character is shy and awkward and doesn’t have a whole lot to say, because she’s a bit wooden in this early role. A little trivia: Daryl Hannah’s character says she fantasizes about being a mermaid, two years before her breakout performance in Splash. While the two American leads went on to successful Hollywood careers, Valerie Quennessen (Lina) died in 1989 in an auto accident and Hans von Tongeren (Jan, who had recently starred in Verhoeven’s Spetters) took his own life in 1982.
I will not lie. I flipped to this movie and seen nudity…so I kept it on. However, I did enjoy the movie aside from the nudity. Valerie Quennessen caught my eye. Like most men that have watched this movie, I fell in love with her. I seen this movie all the way through last Saturday and I am now kicking myself for not taping this classic.