So Young, So Lovely, So Vicious... / Peccati di gioventù (1975)

3.5 out of 5

While ostensibly a melodrama dealing with the life of a bratty daughter, Gloria Guida, who seeks destroy her mother in law to be played by Dagmar Lassander using seduction, blackmail and exploitation of the inner conflict over her youthful exploration of her sexuality, beneath the surface lurks a pretty decent thriller.

With an opening song by Christy that some may find echoes of in the girl led indie bands of the second summer of love the tone is set for an idealised world of incredible coastline, lush villas, beach buggies and a continuous J and B product placement that feels like a tourist holiday brochure brought alive with moving image. The viewer could easily be seduced by the aquamarine Mediterranean and rocky coast of Sardinia presented as an idyllic paradise for those with the money and time to play around in speedboats and bright yellow jeeps.

The story, which could be summed up as a cautionary morality tale of the dangers of wishing for what may prove to be a poisoned chalice, is penned by director Silvio Amadio and proves to be more touching than exploitative possibly making this a film that would find an appeal way beyond those especially drawn to more traditional gloved killer style gialli.

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