Forever Emmanuelle / Laure (1976)

3.0 out of 5

Being able to watch the real Emmanuelle, Marayat Rollet-Andriane, in Forever Emmanuelle is a rare novelty, giving viewers and fans a chance to know, through her appearance in this film, the accredited author to the erotic French novel that influenced an entire movement in erotic film. Though it is credited as being written and directed by Emmanuelle Arsan, several accounts, including that of the producer, Ovidio Assonitis, reveals Forever Emmanuelle to be written and directed by Arsan’s husband, Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane, who is also purported to be the actual author of the Emmanuelle novel.

Annie Belle is thoroughly enjoyable as the lead character, the free spirited “vajayjay alfresco” Laure. Barring the exotic location shots and sex scenes that range between classy and bizarre, the main appeal, here, is an odd but intellectual emphasis on free love, as most prominently displayed by the unusual relation between the characters played by Al Cliver and Belle, who were a real life couple at the time. Cliver’s character has interesting but rather ridiculous theories for feeling love and approval when Laure feels love, even when she rooms with another man on their honeymoon.

Despite its good qualities, Forever Emmanuelle does tilt a little on the boring side at times, though the movie’s focus on the search for an obscure hidden tribe in the Philippines and a ceremony of rebirth ends up working well by the film’s end, with a ceremonial scene that could pass as a dream sequence.

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