Simona (1974)

2.5 out of 5

Simona opens and closes with a bullfight and in between this bookending is a flashback.

The film features poetic and stunning visuals and is rich in symbolism. It is art with erotic undertones rather than erotic cinema trying to pass itself off as art. Malizia star Laura Antonelli takes the lead role.

Unfortunately much of the time the movie makes little sense, indeed often it makes no sense whatsoever.

Patrick Magee keeps straight faced throughout all the surreal mind boggling and the sexy scenes are very sexy but, despite holding the attention, the movie is likely to leave many viewers scratching their heads and wondering what the hell it was all about.

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