- Rot 2019
Quartier des Femmes
Devil's Island Lovers
Los Amantes de la Isla del Diablo / Lovers of Devil's Island
Arturo Marcos for Fénix Cooperativa Cinematografica, Comptoir Francais du Film
directed by Jess Franco
starring Andrés Resino, Geneviève Deloir (= Geneviève Robert), Dennis Price, Rosa Palomar, Josyane Gibert, Danielle Godet, Gogó Rojo, Jean-Louis Collins, Howard Vernon, Jean Guedes, Luis Barboo, Britt Nichols, Anne Libert
written by Jess Franco, music by Bruno Nicolai
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To get some unwanted opposition out of the way, Colonel Mendoza (Jean
Guedes) has lovers Raymond (Andrés Resino) and Beatriz (Genevieve Deloir)
framed for murder, tried and convicted to spend the rest of their lives on
Devil's Island, obviously the toughest prison there is.
Especially innocent Beatriz finds it hard to adjust and come to terms
with her lesbian cellmates and the sadistic warden (Rosa Palomar) ... but
soon of all people Rosa (Josyane Gibert), the warden's darling who
is hated by all because she regularly has sex with the guards, shows pity
with Beatriz, and ultimately she helps her and Raymond escape by
distracting the guards by doing you-know-what.
But Ford (Howard Vernon), the Colonel of Devil's Island, doesn't take
escape lightly, and soon he has them recaptured, put in front of a firing
squad and shot - pity, too, since the couple's lawyer (Dennis Price) has
just gatheed enough evidence to have them released ...
One of Jess Franco's dullest efforts within the Women in Prison-genre,
it's neither as interesting storywise as his earlier 99
Women (which wasn't all that interesting to begin with) nor as
enjoyably sleazy as his later films like Sadomania,
nor is it as ironic and tongue-in-cheek as many of Jess Franco's best
films, it's just ... dull, actually, and even Jess Franco's consciously
erratic cinematography can't save much this time around.