Secrets of a French Maid (1980)

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Madame Yanne is still a very young widow of an officer. She takes care of her pretty nieces Florentine and Juliet, who are currently living out their lesbian obsessions and are currently ... See full summary »


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29 November 2008 | lazarillo
Makes even the "original" look good
This Erwin Deitrich production (the notorious Swiss producer responsible for Jess Franco's sleaziest films) was sold in the English-speaking world as "Come Play with Me 2", a sequel to the (somewhat) more famous British Mary Millington vehicle "Come Play with Me". This has absolutely nothing to do with the other film though other than it uses the same horrible theme song (at least in the English version). Rather than featuring Millington, Suzy Mandel or other English no-clothes horses, this has a cast of French actresses like former hardcore star Brigitte Lahaie and Jess Franco regulars Karine Gambier and Nadine Pascal. Lahaie, at least, is a far better actress than Mary Millington, et. al., but you would never know it from this three-hanky, weasel-milking, time-waster.

The plot, as it were, concerns a sexually repressed "aunt" (Karine Gambier) living on a country estate with her two nymphomaniacal "nieces" (Brigite Lahaie and Nadine Pascal), who when they're not having lesbian sex with each other, are going at with the male farm hands or their respective fiances.(In typical porno fashion Gambier, Lahaie, and Pascalall look pretty much the same age, so it it is pretty arbitrary that Gambier is the "aunt" while the other two are the "nieces"). There are also two frisky chambermaids who are doing pretty much the same thing as the other young women . Naturally it isn't long before Gambier's "aunt" gets in on the action (you can tell she's starting to come out of her shell when she starts fellating an ear of corn while spying on a shirtless farm laborer).

Although strictly softcore, this movie nevertheless suffers from all the same liabilities as hardcore porn. There is little talent in evidence either behind or in front of the camera (Brigitte Lahaie's later superior work for directors like Jean Rollin not withstanding). And the constant, numerous sex scenes pretty much push out anything else of any interest. This not nearly as sleazy as some of the films Deitrich made with Franco, but it also far less entertaining. Naturally Lahaie, Gambier, et. al. have nice bodies and they are pretty much constantly on display, but since most of these actresses have probably done hardcore, this relatively tame movie will probably disappoint even their fans, and it will bore the holy hell out of anyone else. The only thing this really achieves (and, believe me, it's quite an impressive feat) is to make the "original" "Come Play with Me" with seem comparatively entertaining.

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