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The Nymph (1996)

Cast: Ennio Coltorti, Ennio Coltorti, Raoul Bova, more...
Director: Lina Wertmüller, Lina Wertmüller
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Italy
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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A ripe 19-year-old virgin fights to keep her virtue and retain her free-spirited ways during WW II. Set in an ancient, remote Neapolitan village, Miluzza is the lovely pubescent daughter of the glorious Nunziata, a nymphomaniac who is surprisingly well tolerated by her husband and her normally conservative neighbors. Nunziata and Miluzza lead an idyllic life until the Allies bomb their village. During the shelling Nunziata is killed in a manner that would make Freud proud. Afterward, Miluzza gets work at a tomato sauce factory where the owner, enticed by an accidental peak at her underwear attempts to seduce her in a local hotel. With her reputation thus ruined, life for Miluzza becomes a struggle to fight the gossip mongers and those who would rape here until she encounters Pietro, a handsome wounded soldier who offers her a better life. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Uses and Misuses of Sex by talltale May 7, 2006 - 8:31 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Over-rated for some her popular earlier works (1975s "Seven Beauties"), Lina Wertmuller may now find herself under-rated for some of her later films. THE NYMPH from 1996 is a case in point. For its ravishing beauty of locale alone, this one's worth the rent, not to mention its fascinating--if problematic--story and many of the performances. In a small, mountain-top Italian town during WWII, a family thrives, despite its rather unusual dynamic.

The mom is sexually ravenous to the point of no return, the dad puts up with this for love, as the daughter enjoys all of the life around her. When one extra-large organ too many puts an end to part of the story, the remainder--and a quite different one it is--begins. While mom accepted her love of all things sexual, the daughter finds this difficult, and therein rests her problem. The hypocritical society around her makes things doubly difficult, of course. While we're used to Italian films that feature over-ripe characters expressing themselves in none too subtle ways, this movie is still over the top. But since it is enjoyably so, you will probably tag along willingly. That it is surpassingly beautiful helps quite a bit, too.

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(Average 4.89)
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