La Donne della Calda Terra / La Mujer de la Tierra Caliente
Woman from the Torrid Land
Die Frau vom Heissen Fluss
Virgilio De Blasi (executive), José María Forqué (executive), Mario Morales (executive) for Orfeo Producciones Cinematográficas, Italian International Film
directed by Jose Maria Forqué
starring Laura Gemser, Stuart Whitman, Gabriele Tinti, Enrique Alzugaray, Pilar Velázquez, Francisco Algora, Paolo Senatore, Javier Loyola, Amel Amor, Carlos Munoz, Patricia Nieto, Adolfo Blum
written by Adriano Bolzoni, José María Forqué, Hermógenes Sáinz, music by Carlos Savina
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Exhausted by the escape from his former life (both metaphorically &
literally), Stuart Whitman hitches a ride in the horsetrailer of a car.
There he meets Laura Gemser, & soon they start relating their lives'
stories to each other, which, while being very much contrasting on the
surface, seem to have rather a lot in common. He tells about his wife
who hated to live here in Mexico, being married to him, rich manager of
an oil-company, & forced to live in a small backwoods-village. But
when he finally agreed to move elsewhere, she was actually killed by the
same country she hated so much, when her rowing boat went over a
waterfall. Laura Gemser meanwhile started out as a poor farmhand, with
her fantasy of a better life being derived from a
Charé-soap-commercial. So she left her intended husband - a poor
farmhand himself - to see the big world with playboy Gabriele Tinti. But
Tinti proved to be not all the gentleman he seemed to be, soon losing
her at gambling. After several sexual misadventures, Gemser's quest for
a good life ends at the grocery-shop of Oreste (Enrique Alzugaray), an
old, one legged, ugly, but kind-hearted & honest man. & even
though he treats her well & she even does him sexual favours, she is
not happy, still dreaming of a better life, still shown in the Charfmé
soap commercial. After Whitman & Gemser have told their stories to
each other, they descover a strong emotional bond between them &
actually have sex in the trailer. But their time together is all too
short, & soon Whitman has to get off. When he realizes what he has
just lost out of neglect, it seems already too late, because when he
finds the trailer again, Gemser is already gone ... Will he ever find
While not being the most inventive movie of them all, this is
actually a nice & interestingly told erotic melodrama, with the
stories of the 2 protagonists intercut with each other, complimented by
some nice landscapes & beautiful photography.