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Lake Consequence

Lake Consequence" is a feature-length display of fuzzy-focus sexual encounters too boring to qualify as soft-core porn; call it, then, "erotica." If Showtime hadn't bitten, producers could have dubbed it into French and run it on Cinemax in early morning slot as "Emanuelle and the Tree Trimmer."

Lake Consequence” is a feature-length display of fuzzy-focus sexual encounters too boring to qualify as soft-core porn; call it, then, “erotica.” If Showtime hadn’t bitten, producers could have dubbed it into French and run it on Cinemax in early morning slot as “Emanuelle and the Tree Trimmer.”

Latest pairing of actress Joan Severance and producer Zalman King follows Showtime’s “Red Shoe Diaries: Safe Sex” and concurrent Playboy layout.

Story here is of a rich, bored housewife who finds solace with a beefy gardener. Along the way, dark secrets of her repressed past are unlocked.

Billy (Billy Zane) is evidently employed by the city, parking his R.V. outside stately mansions as he works. When he meets Irene (Severance), he decides to stay over a day or so while paying extra attention to her foliage.

With her husband (Whip Hubley) on a fishing trip, Irene displays casual interest in the gardener, who wins her heart by demonstrating that moth larvae placed under bark will eat more dangerous insects.

When he doesn’t respond to a polite knock on his R.V. door, Irene invites herself in to inspect his collection of literature. As she does, the vehicle drives off, its door inexplicably jammed.

Before long, she’s at a remote lake, where a woman (May Karasun) is swimming (this being cable) nude.

Pretty soon, the two women are nuzzling (“You should take that dress off,” the woman tells Irene, “you’re gonna catch cold”) as they wait for Billy to return on his motorcycle. Instead of insisting that she be returned home immediately, Irene joins the two for a Chinese New Year’s celebration in town.

Following which, the plot thins.

Director Rafael Eisenman uses a lot of soft focus, and keeps the dialogue, such as it is, at a level well below George S. Clinton’s bombastic score. Which may be just as well, the music being far more exciting and involving than what passes as story or characters.

Raincoat brigade note: Severance and Zane being stars, they’re viewed nude only from the waist up, while Karasun is seen buck-nekkid from head to toe. Other members of cast are barely flickers on the wall.

Lake Consequence

(Sun. (28), 9-10:30 p.m., Showtime)

  • Production: Filmed in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by 10 dB Inc. Executive producer, Zalman King; producer, Avram Butch Kaplan; director, Rafael Eisenman; screenplay , King, Melanie Finn, Henry Cobbold; story, MacGregor Douglas.
  • Crew: Camera, Harris Savides; editors, James Gavin Bedford, Curtis Edge; production designer, Dominic Watkins; sound, Stephen Halbert; music,George S. Clinton.
  • Cast: Cast: Billy Zane, Joan Severance, May Karasun, Whip Hubley, Courtland Mead, Dan Reed, Christi Allen, Andria Litto, Ron Howard George, Allan Graf.