An erotic film that borders on soft-core pornography, PRIVATE LESSONS--ANOTHER STORY is titillating but rarely sexy.
The film opens with Lauren (Mariana Morgan), a fashion photographer, arriving in Florida to shoot a perfume ad. She tells her client that she is looking for a model with an image "that has to be felt, not just seen." From the start, Lauren, who has a loveless marriage, is attracted to Raul (Ray
Garaza), the chauffeur. After the first day's shooting, Lauren accompanies Raul to a nightclub, where they watch a seductive woman dancing. They follow her to the roof and witness her having sex with her partner. The next day, Raul brings Lauren to a Miami laundromat, where she meets Marisa
(Theresa Morris), the woman from the previous night. They make arrangements for Marisa to model for the ad. Later, Lauren and Raul finally fall into bed. On the morning of the shoot, however, Lauren's husband shows up. The next scene is on an island, where Marisa tells Lauren, "I go for the things
I want." When a storm blows in, Lauren is trapped on the island with Raul. "You taught me how to just let myself be," she informs him. When they get back to shore, she leaves her husband and drives off into the sunset with Raul.
For a movie ostensibly about sex, very little physical chemistry is evident here between the leads, who look (and, unfortunately, act) like models. The only character who generates any real sparks on screen is Marisa, and she gets little screen time and almost no dialogue. Only female nudity is
on view here, despite the film's woman director (Dominique Othenin-Girard) and female point of view; the men even leave their pants on in the sex scenes. The locations and the overall look of this comparatively well-mounted film are attractive, but the dialogue and story are cliched, the action is
wooden, and the direction is as static as the still images that Lauren shoots. (Nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: An erotic film that borders on soft-core pornography, PRIVATE LESSONS--ANOTHER STORY is titillating but rarely sexy. The film opens with Lauren (Mariana Morgan), a fashion photographer, arriving in Florida to shoot a perfume ad. She tells her client that… (more)