Sotto, Sotto

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

This forgettable film from Wertmuller failed to make the impression that SEVEN BEAUTIES and SWEPT AWAY did years earlier. This time Wertmuller's sexist male lead (taking over from Giancarlo Giannini) is the superb Enrico Montesano, playing Oscar, the moderately intelligent, hard-working husband of young and beautiful Ester (Varonica Lario). Their romance...read more

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This forgettable film from Wertmuller failed to make the impression that SEVEN BEAUTIES and SWEPT AWAY did years earlier. This time Wertmuller's sexist male lead (taking over from Giancarlo Giannini) is the superb Enrico Montesano, playing Oscar, the moderately intelligent, hard-working

husband of young and beautiful Ester (Varonica Lario). Their romance is long gone, and Ester has discovered an attraction for her best friend, Adele (Luisa de Santis). Ester confesses to an erotic dream--a reenactment of the famous kissing scene in Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS in which Ester was

Ingrid Bergman to Adele's Cary Grant. Although they hesitate to consummate their love, the women begin a dangerous game that drives the confused and insulted Oscar off the deep end. SOTTO...SOTTO (which translates roughly as "subtly" or "softly"--an ironic description of male sexuality) is a

well-acted, well-written farce. It is occasionally quite powerful and humorous in its examination of the sexual expectations and traditions underlying the battle of the sexes. Unfortunately, Wertmuller assumes that all her characters are cretins. Oscar is shown as a person of some intelligence,

but his reactions to Ester's lesbian desires are far from credible, reducing his character to a dummy for the director instead of a real person. Wertmuller, far less subtly than before, drives home her belief that the male animal is not equipped to understand or appreciate the superior nature of

the female. (In Italian; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This forgettable film from Wertmuller failed to make the impression that SEVEN BEAUTIES and SWEPT AWAY did years earlier. This time Wertmuller's sexist male lead (taking over from Giancarlo Giannini) is the superb Enrico Montesano, playing Oscar, the moder… (more)

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