Malicious / Malizia (1973)

4.0 out of 5

Bourgeois life comes under the spotlight in this coming of age tale of Sins Within The Family. A young son blackmails his housekeeper and step mother to be who is played by the beautiful Laura Antonelli in order to get sexual favours and to ultimately taking his virginity.

While the film deals with taboo subjects of underage sex it handles the subject matter with a certain amount of finesse earning, in the process, a number of awards.

Some ideas were rehashed in Lover Boy, for which Malizia is clearly the prototype, such as a lightning storm seduction which is beautifully realised and no way as creepy as Grazie... nonna.

Salvatore Samperi returned to direct Antonelli in Peccato veniale three years later.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics