Plot & Review:
Saverio Mazzacolli (G. Proietti), enterprising businessman and skirt chaser,signs a contract with Raimonda Spina (I. Papas) to build a tourist resort on the coast of Puglia.
As collateral, she demands that he marries her daughter, Clotilde (T. A. Savoy), beautiful but mentally retarded teenager.
When he learns that the marriage won’t bring him the expected dowry of the family’s wealth, he schemes, with the help of his friend Don Amilcare (M. Scaccia), to have her kidnapped and raped by an accomplice, so that she will not be a virgin anymore, and, according to the strict local customs, he will have an excuse to get out of the impending marriage.
But Mazzacolli didn’t take into account the girl’s innocent sensuality, and his own feelings. This upsets, unpredictably, all plans and situations.
Film in which A. Lattuada exposes himself as few other times.
Told with fast syntax, effective touches of environmental description and psychological analysis, it develops with coherence his praise for transgression, diversity, love and sex, represented as central fact of life.