Review: ‘Maneater’

Screenplay, Grimaldi, Michele Lo Foco. Camera (Technicolor prints), Massimo Intoppa; editors, Patrizio Marone, Cesar Meneghetti; music, Maria Soldatini; art director/costumes, Grimaldi. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 15, 1999. Original Italian title: La donna lupo. Running time: 77 MIN.

Screenplay, Grimaldi, Michele Lo Foco. Camera (Technicolor prints), Massimo Intoppa; editors, Patrizio Marone, Cesar Meneghetti; music, Maria Soldatini; art director/costumes, Grimaldi. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 15, 1999. Original Italian title: La donna lupo. Running time: 77 MIN.

With: Loredana Cannata, Arturo Paglia, Pascal Persiano, Francesco Di Leva, Gianluca Cuomo, Loredana Solfizi.

Similar to Catherine Breillat’s “Romance,” though far more ineptly handled, “Maneater” is slivers of soft/hard-core masquerading as a psychosexual portrait of contempo femmehood. Essentially a series of explicit sequences featuring Sicilian babe Loredana Cannata, separated by scenes that seem to come from other movies, pic will doubtless have a robust life on video after making some headlines.

Newcomer Cannata, 23, plays Giulia, some kind of social worker-cum-researcher by day and sexual insatiate by night who lives in a nice pad by the sea, where she goes skinny-dipping after dark. After a one-night stand, shy student Valerio (Arturo Paglia) becomes obsessed with her but finds she’s given him a false number and name. Meanwhile, Giulia carries on coupling. Glossily lensed, with chamber music on the soundtrack, pic makes no narrative sense. Its already slim 77 minutes are padded with a group of foul-mouthed, randy Sicilian youths who become involved with some transvestite hookers. From the director of “The Whores” and “Nerolio,” this is feeble fare, amateurishly acted. One early close-up of Cannata fellating Paglia (presumably) and some close-ups of her privates (again, presumably) make up the heavy-duty stuff.

Maneater

(DRAMA -- ITALIAN)

Production

A Lantia release (in Italy) of an Arancia Cinema production. (International sales: FilmExport Group, Rome.) Directed by Aurelio Grimaldi.
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