Lickerish Quartet, The / Esotika Erotika Psicotika (1970)

4.0 out of 5

Soaked in a classic Eurocult vibe and styled as an erotic duet for four players Radley Metzger's Lickerish Quartet is an incredible piece of film with Stelvio Cipriani's score perfectly capturing the tenderness of this work.

To a first time viewer the dialogue may seem a little too introspective and the flashbacks a little confusing but this is a movie that not only gives one something to think about but has a myriad of delights to be discovered on subsequent viewing.

Beginning with the three bored rich people pondering the meaning behind a pornographic reel we learn of the emptiness of their lives as they search for the meaning of their existence. As they feel a loss of tenderness a visitor reinvigorates them and reminds of feelings long lost. Then the visitor simply vanishes. If to compound all this the final scenes turn the whole experience on it's head leaving the viewer to question just what it is they believe they have witnessed and just what is the moral of the story.

This will not be one that will appeal to everyone and fans of European action cinema may want to give this beautifully meandering dialogue heavy feature a miss. On the other hand those prepared to maybe broaden their cinematic horizons a little may find this one a bit of a pleasant surprise.

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