IMDB Plot Summary:
A May-December romance. Roué Giulio Marengo, a Roman landscape architect unhappy in his marriage, meets Francesca, a young and beautiful Florentine, and then learns she might be his daughter. He resolves to keep his hands off but can’t seem to stay away, and she’s eager for a lover who’s a father figure. He’s happy to be a kid, so he tries to find out who her father is; his wife knows something is up; his daughter, who’s Francesca’s age and is pregnant, encourages the affair. Should he tell Francesca his fears that it might be incest? If he tells her and she doesn’t care, what next? And what of his wife, who still wants to be married? Francesca takes control.
MrSkin Hall of Fame 5 Star movie plot:
Any creator of intriguing erotic art knows that taboos are made to be toyed with, and the erotically intriguing Stay as You Are (1978) toys with one of the all-time deepest taboos. All-time great Italian leading man Marcello Mastroianni is haunted and queerly excited by a nagging familiarity he detects in the aura and love-making of his newest flame, a nubile, world-class beauty played by nubile, world-class beauty Nastassja Kinski. It is just possible that Nastassja is the daughter of the long-gone love of Marcello’s life. Possible perhaps, but is direct consanguinity actually probable? And is a man of a certain age and sophistication guilty of anything more than a connoisseur’s appreciation for fine female flesh if he were to sleep with his exquisite and delightful daughter, given the fact that he could not be one-hundred-percent certain that she bears that relationship to him? These are the questions Marcello must ask himself. Put yourself in his place (in bed with the nubile Nastassja Kinski) before you judge him for the answers he chooses.