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Laos 1977, a time of political turmoil: John Everingham (Michael
Landon) is nothing more than a harmless photographer who has been living
in the country for more than a decade - or so he wants to make everyone
believe, because actually he is a political journalist. Eventually, the
country's top spy smasher general Kaplan (Jürgen Prochnow) finds out that
Everingham is more than he seems, but since he wants to get his hands not
just on him but his informers as well, he does not arrest him but supplies
him with a companion - lovely Keo (Laura Gemser), a dedicated Laotian
medical student the general is in love with herself.
The general's plan
seems to work, because Everingham soon falls in love with Keo, and
eventually he confesses to her that he is a political journalist. But two
things go wrong with the general's plan: a) Everingham opens Keo's eyes to
the suffering in her country, and b) she falls in love with him as well.
the general realizes his plan involving Keo leads to nowhere, he first
challenges Everingham to a Thai-boxing arena fight to humiliate him before
the eyes of everyone, but is defeated himself instead, then he has him
incarcerated. Since Everingham is American though, the general can't just
torture the truth out of him, instead he uses all kinds of psychological
tricks to make him confess - to no avail, and eventually he has no other
choice than to exile him from Laos.
Everingham promises Keo to return
and take her with him though, and while she is pretending to fall in love
with the general for good to cover up her escape plans, he trains to
become an expert diver to dive through river Mekong and take her to the
other side (= Thailand) under water.
Of course everything ends happily.
movie features one of Priscilla Presley's first performances, but she only
has a very small role that hardly matters to the plot.
beginning, Love is Forever pretends to be a fairly interesting
film, an espionage drama with current political subtext, but soon enough,
all this is thrown overboard to just tell a cheesy lovestory with no
deeper meaning whatsoever - and it's not even good at telling its story,
plus it never even tries to rise above its made-for-television origins
By the way, Laura Gemser was credited as Moira
Chen in this one to obscure the fact that she was also a star in Italian
erotica, much to her dismay - and it's kind of ironic, too, since even
some of her silly sex movies have more political significance or deeper
meaning than this one.