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Gordon (Alberto Dalbés) invites his best friend Michel (Jack Taylor),
a psychiatrist, to his seaside home to do a checkup on his wife Emmanuelle
(Norma Kastel), who is suffering from depressions and on the verge of a
nervous breakdown - but Michel doesn't even get to see Emmanuelle anymore,
because she has just thrown herself off a cliff ... suicide it seems.
the fate of Emmanuelle somehow bothers Michel, since he was, without
Gordon's knowledge, Emmanuelle's former lover, so he and Gordon's sister
Greta (Lina Romay), Michel's scheming ex who saw to it that he broke up
with Emmanuelle by having lesbian sex with her, start to investigate her
death and learn about Gordon's fits of jealousy ... but then Emmanuelle's
death is ruled a murder, and Michel is arrested for it, and only thanks to
Greata's continuing investigations is he actually freed, and witht he help
of a sexy barowner (Alice Arno), he eventually tracks down a blackmailer
and former lover of Emmanuelle who appears to be behind it all - and
ultimately, the blackmailer and the barowner shoot each other dead ...
the mystery solved, Michel finds nothing that holds him here at the
seaside, and even if it is likely to break Greta's heart, he returns to
the city. Gordon in the meantime retreats to his basement, where he keeps
Emmanuelle, alive and kicking but chained to a wall. Thing is, Gordon's
psychopathic jealousy drove him to keep Emmanuelle under lock and key, and
to see to it that he won't be disturbed, he killed another woman,
destroyed her face to avoid identification, and then claimed the dead
woman was his wife. Now nobody knows that she's even alive anymore ...
nobody but Gorodn's sister Greta, who never bought the story about her
death either, and who now wants to shoot her, claiming she took the two
most important men in her life, her brother Gordon and her lover Michel.
But when she attempts to shoot Emmanuelle, she accidently hits her brother
As a crime movie, Tender and Perverse Emmanuelle
is definitely less than perfect, its story is clichéd and yet full of
plotholes, some of the plottwists fail to make sense, and the many excuses
to show naked bodies and sex are almost ridiculous - and yet, Tender
and Perverse Emmanuelle is a very enjoyable film, its direction is
elegant in a hip sort of way, all sex scenes are highly erotic (with Lina
Romay being at her cutest) and even inventive, and despite an obviously
low budget, director Jess Franco knows how to get the most out of his
limited sets. And Jack Taylor in one of the lead roles is of course good
news all by itself.
All that said, don't espect a perfect movie in the
mainstream sort of way, but a piece of lovely Euro-sleaze genre fans will