Monday, August 30, 2010

Monamour (2005)

Directed by Tinto Brass
Starring Anna Jimskaia, Riccardo Marino, Max Parodi

"The ass isn't a place just for making poo-poo. And as they say in my neck of the woods, it hasn't got a meter."

Famed ass-man Tinto Brass returns, this time in HD, with Monamour.

The plot is fairly simple: Marta (Anna Jimskaia) and Dario (Max Parodi) are newlyweds, but Marta has a problem - since their marriage began, she has not been able to orgasm and Dario seems to not notice or care.

Marta's methods for dealing with this problem start simply enough by her sharing her thoughts in a diary and fantasizing about more pleasant times.

One day though, Marta is at a museum when a handsome stranger (Riccardo Marino) stalks her, corners her and fondles her lady bits. At first she is offended, but soon finds that she enjoyed the illicit encounter.

Later, Marta and Dario are partying on a boat when Marta runs into the stranger who accosted her earlier. They share a dry hump on the dance-floor and sneak away to share even more inappropriate moments.

That night, Marta shares what happened with Dario and he gets mad - and horny. Hoping his jealousy will ignite his orgasm giving potential, they proceed to have sex, but Dario once again does little more than come and roll over for a nappy-poo.

This pivotal moment sparks Marta's need to orgasm so much that she blows off Dario the next day to go meet Leon (the stranger) at a restaurant. After some table fingering, they giggle away to the bathroom where they have hand-washing soap lubricated butt sex. Really.

While Marta is off with Leon, Dario comes home and stumbles across Marta's diary. He reads through and discovers what is going on.

When Marta returns, Dario becomes irate, slaps her and proceeds to grab a bottle of whiskey to ease his pain.

Will Dario give Marta an orgasm? Will Marta choose love over lust? These are questions that can only be answered by watching Monamour for yourself.

All in all, Monamour is a tale of a woman taking back her sexuality through infidelity. Although the story is really there to give reason to amazing ass and labia shots, and prosthetic penised sexual trysts, the world that Tinto Brass creates is enchanting, whimsical, humorous and thoroughly watchable.

Cult Epics has yet again done a great job with their DVD release of Monamour (along with their long list of other Brass titles). The print is clean, the audio is clear, and the voice-over's (which are highly quotable) are well acted.

Tinto Brass may have created a world that doesn't really exist, but it's a great place to visit. Beautifully filmed and competently acted, Brass's Monamour continues on a well worn path, but it's one that he treads well.

- Jeremy Vaca

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