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Tender Flesh / Boccato di Cardinale
Carne Fresca

USA/Spain 1997
produced by
Peter Blumenstock, Kevin Collins, Hugh Gallagher, Jess Franco (executive), Gabriel Iglesias (executive) for one shot Productions
directed by Jess Franco
starring Amber Newman, Lina Romay, Monique Parent, Aldo Sambrell, Alain Petit, Analia Ivars, Mikel Kronen
written by Jess Franco, music by Jess Franco, Sexy Sadie, Daniel J. White, songs by Jaime Garcia Saviano, Miguel Serra, assistant director: Pedro Temboury, special effects by Joaquin Phre

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Naive stripper Paula (Amber Newman) is hired by nightclub owner Mrs Radeck (Lina Romay) to be the special guest on her island, where they are having an orgy with some rich guys. And since not only the money is good but Paula has also fallen in love with Mrs Radeck's young helper Carlos (Mikel Kronen), life couldn't be better for her ... or so she thinks ...

At first, the orgy seems pretty routine stuff, with Mrs Radeck, her chef-husband (Alain Petit), Carlos, the always naked mute-by-choice Furia (Analia Ivars), and rich guests Baroness Irina (Monique Parent) and her companion Kallman (Aldo Sambrell) all doing what you pretty much do at an orgy ... until things turn ugly and Mrs Radeck, Furia and the Baroness start violently whipping and torturing Paula - while Carlos leaves the island, rather unimpressed, as if all that had already happened a hundred times before (which it probably has).

The next day, Paula wakes up, and to her surprise, all injuries from the whipping are gone (thanks to a lotion Furia ahs applied all over her body). And Paula learns about a treasure hunt Mrs Radeck has organized especially for her ...

In her naivity, Paula forgets all that has happened last night andtries to get to the treasure, only to be suddenly overcome by Furia, put into a plastic bag and left on her own with a knife somewhere in the middle of the island ... and the island seems to be full of traps, while each of Paula's misfortunes is accompanied by a laughing track like in a TV-sitcom - and amazons Mrs Radeck and the Baroness - both in very revealing outfits - hunt her down with bow and arrow. It is not until she gets an arrow into her back that Paula understands the graveness of the situation ... and then she decides to strike back, and soon enough manages to cut the Baroness' throat ...

Meanwhile back in his home, Carlos has a change of heart and decides to go back to the island to save Paula from her depraved hunters - but when he finally arrives, he can only witness her being shot dead by Kallman, infuriated over the loss of his baroness. And when Carlos tries to at least get away with the money, he is gunned down by Furia ...

The Baroness though is prepared as an exquisite dinner by Mrs Radeck's chef husband ...


During his best days, director Jess Franco was filming like crazy, but since the early 1990's, with the European indie film scene vanished into oblivion, it has become quiet about him ... when in 1997/98, he came back with 3 pictures - Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula/Eight Legs to Love You, Lust For Frankenstein and Tender Flesh - thanks to American indie producer One Shot Productions, and more films woukld follow before long.

Of this trio, Tender Flesh is possibly the best film, which looks like a timewarp back into the 1970's with Franco re-exploring some of his favourite themes: the naive, (not-so-)innocent girl exploited by a decadent, depraved group of people, and the jungle (wo)manhunt, with the (female) hunters and game alike wearing very little. And wow, this film really has a timeless, other-worldly quality to it, with great locations, great music and a great cast (Amber Newman is perfect as the naive but filthy girl, Aldo Sambrell as the insecure closet homosexual, Alain Petit as the perverted chef and Monique Parent as the depraved society lady - only Lina Romay is getting on a bit to still do nudity).

Now don't get me wrong, of course this is a big piece of sleaze, but a very enjoyable piece of sleaze, too.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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