Aug 21, 2020

Moments of Pleasure and Agony (1983)

(Original Title: Momentos de Prazer e Agonia) A Brazilian giallo about... well, it's about what all giallos are about: women are getting killed by a mysterious slasher.  The main differences between the traditional Italian giallo and the Brazilian giallo: more gore, less clothing.  Which is fine adjustment in my humble opinion.

 Marília (Rossana Ghessa) has left São Paulo for the country the country life in Rio Bonito, and is with eccentric farmer Rodolfo (Anthony Steffen)

 Rodolfo is a bit "off", but she loves him anyway.

 Rose (Ismênia Kreis) is a student on her way to school.

Along the way she meets Lucinha (Elena Andrea) and her lesbian lover.

 Rose doesn't know what to make of this.

 Marilia is a teacher at Rose's school.

Rose has lesbian tendencies as she has a crush on Marilia.

After school, Rose goes back to the jungle paradise and strips to sunbathe.

 Lucinha and her lover Leila (Leila Correia) frolic in the waterfall then make love.

 Rose sunbathes.

Then she goes to meet her weird lover...

 Lauro (Rinaldo Gines), Rose's lover, is a poor farmhand.

He also seems to be part of a strange cult which sacrifices animals.

 Rose drops by her teacher's house.

And takes a shower.  

Marilia washes her... because that's totally normal for a teacher to do for a student, right?

 Rodolfo is a moody, unpleasant son of a bitch.  Why is Marilia with this guy?

 Guests have arrived.  Check out the cool ride.

It's Marilia's former lover Renata (Fátima Leite) and her blind husband Hartur (Marcos Wainberg

Rose comes by to bring flowers to Marilia, but she's not home.

She's greeted by Renata who's not particularly friendly.

Rose goes back to sunbathe at her favorite spot.

 Marilia and Renata catch up, while Hartur sits there awkwardly.

Marilia takes a shower.

 Then Marilia has sex with Rodolfo.

 Lauro discovers something in the jungle.

Lauro tells Rodolfo what he's found and they go together...

 Rose has been murdered.

 Back at the pad with Marilia, Renata and goddamnably awkward Hartur.

 The ladies make love while Hartur just chills.

 The next day, Renata and Hartur go the waterfall 

Renata skinny dips. 

Also at the waterfall, as usual, are Lucinha and Leila.  Lauro joins them.

 Lauro and Leila go have sex.

 Lucinha hangs back.

 Renata is brutally murdered.  The film does a good job of making you wonder who the killer is.  Is it her makes-everything-awkward husband Hartur? Moody asshole Rodolfo? Cult member Lauro?  Or maybe even miss-popularity Marilia?

Lucinha finds Renata's body.

 She runs frantically through the jungle to Marilia's place.

 Marilia confronts her, then finally they gather their wits.

That evening...

 Lucinha is given a place to sleep for the night at Marilia's.

 You can't go five minutes without someone getting naked in this movie.

 The camera pans up her body, lingering over her bush.  

Suddenly a Psycho style killer with a straight razor kills Lucinha.

 Marilia finds her body.

 Rodolfo did it.

Marilia gets the fuck out of there.

Rodolfo chases after her - but gives her a head start for some reason.

They fight it out on a farm tractor, which ends up gutting Rodolfo when Marilia accidentally lands on a lever. THE END

This ruled.  Sleazy as fuck, gory, tension filled, full of murder suspects, high energy, interesting characters, amazing setting... a total banger. It was really cool to see the uniquely Brazilian take on a genre which is always Italian, or trying to be Italian. 


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