6 July 2020 | Michael_Elliott
Tobalina Takes on Incest
My Sinful Life (1983)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Jill (Danielle) goes to live with her aunt so that she can go to school but once there she admits that she has been sexually "touched" by her parents. This leads to a whole chain of events that have Jill eventually working at a brothel.
MY SINFUL LIFE sounds a lot more entertaining than it actually is, although for a Carlos Tobalina film it's not too bad. When it comes to Tobalina you pretty much have to rate him against his own movies and not others from the genre as he pretty much only made a handful of "good" movies and I think one could argue that he didn't have much talent behind the camera.
With that being said, the story here is actually decent for what it is as it's another taboo film built around incest. I thought this one benefited from a nice cast, which included Danielle playing the young and naive girl as well as Jamie Gillis who shows up. Helva Sven, appearing under the name Helga Gabor, also does some nice work in her role as the Madam.
The film is playful with its subject and it leads to an ending that doesn't quite work but at the same time, if you're familiar with the director then you'll know that he isn't exactly the greatest filmmaker so this here is still one of his better efforts even with the flaws.