Raped On The Beach / Violentata sulla sabbia (1971)

4.0 out of 5

Despite a title suggesting something far more exploitative and along the lines of Last House On The Beach or Midnight Blue this Renzo Cerrato film is an introspective, philosophical and poetic study of a young woman traumatised during childhood and needing to express her sexual desire. The rape in question is in effect a consensual act of submission and domination role play of a young woman who is unable to express desire in any other way and a young man she meets at the beach.

A beautifully shot and scored mix of Freudian considerations are played out as two young free spirits reminiscent of Lia and Tina from To Be Twenty travel Sardinia which the movie presents as both traditional and superstitious.

Great use is made of location and a lead role from Carole André, star of Colt 38 Special Squad, is mesmerising and utterly charming.

While certainy unconventional, to say the least, Violentata sulla sabbia is nevertheless a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable affair and a feature that comes highly recommended.

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