Scent of Passion
(Italy, 1990)

a.k.a. La Strana voglia
               Category/Genre:   Erotic Movie (A)   
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          Reviewer:  Hooverapples                      Correct/Add Info                Review this movie!

A young, successful choreographer is at the peak of his career. He demands total perfection from his pupils and lover ┴ngeles Lˇpez Barea. Frustrated with Barea's imperfections, he turns to the streets to find his fantasy. This he finds in Mal¨, a young and insecure woman. He takes her to his hideaway and dedicates his time to teaching her the art of pleasure. With a devouring passion she soon develops a consuming desire to please. Luckily for us, her desire to please is mostly directed towards Barea!

Actresses:
Mal¨ & ┴ngeles Lˇpez Barea


Barea is watching rehersals. Mal¨ comes to her afterwards, holds her hand and says she wants to see her tonight. The seduction begins...

Actresses:
Mal¨ & ┴ngeles Lˇpez Barea


The two women are out to dinner in a oyster restaurant. They feed each other oysters, dance closely and flirt, touching and smiling tenderly and with a growing sense of passion

Actresses:
Mal¨ & ┴ngeles Lˇpez Barea


Barea drives Mal¨ to the hideaway as Mal¨ tenderly strokes her hair

Actresses:
Mal¨ & ┴ngeles Lˇpez Barea


In the hideaway they work out, share a sauna and then finally make love. This is really three separate scenes, but it all rolls into one. The emphasis is more on the tenderness between the women than the sex, which means there is less full-on flesh-pounding-flesh and more meaningful glances, tender stroking, smiling and generally enjoying being together.

Dear God, it's no wonder Italian men are over-sexed, with women like this walking around all over the place. Italian erotic cinema of the eighties, surely this is nirvana? Well, a few niggles aside, definitely moving in the right direction.
When Mal¨ meets Barea there is a bond between them which is explored continuously in the next THREE chapters of the DVD - 25 minutes solid. And it's explored in a really quite wonderful way. Feeding each other oysters in the restaurant is quite lovely to watch, with the little smiles they also share. In the car to the hideaway Mal¨ tenderly strokes Barea's hair which adds to the growing sense of passion between them. Then suddenly in the next scene they are half-naked and working out, Barea stroking Mal¨ as she exercises. Then in the sauna they pour water over each other and stroke each other with birch twigs. Then in the main room they make out on rugs ... it just seems to go on and on!
OK, so there's no major full-on down-and-dirty lesbian action. Not even any real kissing really, but what is so lovely about it all is that there seems to be something between these women on the screen which goes far beyond picking up the cheque at the end of the day. They really do act out two women falling in love. It's probably been done better and more completely I'm sure, but in the erotic movie genre it's usually glossed over, so very nice to see it here.
Small niggles then...? Of course, more kissing would have been nice. Also Mal¨ tends to have not much expression in her face, although she smiles at Barea readily, and sexily, enough when called upon to do so. All in all, a change from the average lesbian scene. Slower, more drawn out, more on the emotional side than the sexual.