Anita and her journey
Paul Beauparlant | east coast USA | 11/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Filmed in Sweden circa 1973, this story presents the dire circumstances that consume Anita, a 17 year old girl who has developed an obsession for anywhere/anytime sex with perfect strangers.
The film is subtitled "the true story of a 17 year old nymphomaniac" and while I have always associated the word nymphomania with a willful pleasure of all things sexual by the afflicted, here, in this case, with this film, we learn that all is not a bed of roses for someone fallen under this condition.
Anita is very unhappy as she is unable to control her impulses to virtually just grab any man on the street asking him to "come with me" and leading him to a secluded coat room or back closet for instant sex.
We are taken inside the home of Anita's family where we witness what is revealed to be the source of her conflict, namely, her uncaring mother and father and her taunting sister.
Enter Eric played by Stellan Skarsgard who tries to understand, analyse and help Anita overcome her problem.
Without giving away the whole ball of wax I would like to mention the interesting views of Sweden throughout the film and the period dress by all the characters and even the scratchy print of the film during its opening and closing moments that endeared it to me .
For those looking for a generous helping of nudity from the film's star Christina Lindberg they will not be disappointed.
And kudo's to IMPULSE pictures who released this dvd with stylish cover artwork resembling an old-style pulp fiction paperback cover"
Christina Lindberg in all her naked glory
Dm Otis | vancouver | 10/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally this rarity has appeared in a watchable DVD format (I had a bootleg tape for years, real rough image). Let's face it -- the reason you would buy this is Christina Lindberg. And you would not be disappointed. Wow, what a body --and wow it gets unclothed plenty. There's not alot more to say in terms of someone considering a purchase. Yeah, the movie is fine, a nice historic piece, and yes a very young Stellan Skarsgard is in it. But yee-haw Christina Lindberg!!"
The Story is meatier than the sex
K. Jackson | Southwest | 02/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a classic 70's tale that injects psychological themes into it. The reviews claim it's a sexploitation but it's not as titilating as we expected. Anita is on a self-destructive path but other than her troubled relationships, you don't really know why she is on this path. Some of the nude scenes are just weird, too weird to be sexy. We liked the story itself a lot more than the proposed eroticism. For that reason I recommend the movie for its overall themes and plot."
Surprisingly Sweet and Tender Film
Anthony E. Whitaker | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 03/09/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't a titillating sexploitation film at all. For me, there's nothing arousing about a woman who has sex without deriving any pleasure from it and then bursts into tears after. I was expecting a campy, poorly acted, soft core erotic film, but quickly realized this is a thoughtful film about a young woman with a serious psychological problem. Her numerous, quick, one-time encounters with many men are really ugly and unhappy - not arousing in the least. I developed great sympathy for Anita, and did not want her to be in these situations. Then at the end, when she is cured and falls in love, the single tender love scene in which she is enjoying herself with a man who wants to stay with her after the act is a very happy contrast to the many ugly sex scenes that preceded it. The story ends with Anita and her lover in a church. They haven't gone there to get married, just to talk. The pastor overhears their happy conversation and starts playing the wedding march on the organ. That's how the film ends - with the wedding march in a church. Does this sound like sexploitation to you? It sounds like a positive message to me: guys, do we really just want a thousand 1-time encounters?"