Steamy Art House Hits [4 Discs] [DVD]

This set of four sexy foreign films includes Jean-Claude Brisseau's Secret Things (2004), Vadim Glowna's House of the Sleeping Beauties (2008), Pablo Berger's Torremolinos 73 (2003), and Didier Le Pecheur's Don't Let Me Die On Sunday (1999).
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House of Sleeping Beauties
Based on a book by Nobel prize-winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata, this erotic drama is about aging and long-repressed desires. At age 70, Eguchi (Yoshio Harada) is at the top of his career as a classic music critic and DJ. Editors are harassing him for his printed insights and women are giving him smoldering sidelong stares. When his old friend and supreme court justice keels over, Eguchi slides into depression. While drinking with his friends, he asks himself what has the ravages of age done? Finding one-night stands and the scrutiny of his sagging body by potential lovers embarrassing, he learns of his dead friend's solution to the matter -- a brothel of sorts that offers up women drugged and unconscious. When he stops by he learns from the kimono-clad proprietress (Haruko Wanibuchi) that he may not have sex with his inert playmate. Soon, Eguchi finds himself in a traditional Japanese room with a magnifying glass in hand and with a passed-out naked beauty splayed out on the tatami before him. Meanwhile, Eguchi's daughter-in-law (Yuka Oonishi) is about to leave her cold fish of a husband. She quietly pines for Eguchi, hoping that he can give her what his son could not -- a baby. When she learns of her father-in-law's newfound passion, she quickly arranges to work at the establishment. Director Hiroto Yokoyama reportedly spend ten years getting this work committed to film. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Torremolinos 73
The sexual revolution meets a bumbling door-to-door salesman and his beautician wife in the form of "educational" sex films in this satiric comedy, set in Spain in 1973. Alfredo Lopez (Javier Cámara) is an encyclopedia salesman whose work has not been going especially well lately, which is worrisome to his wife, Carmen (Candela Peña), who is eager to have a baby. As it happens, encyclopedia sales have been dismal overall, and publisher Don Carlos (Juan Diego) strikes upon an idea for a more lucrative product line -- an "audiovisual encyclopedia of human reproduction," consisting of 8 mm movies demonstrating different ways for couples to make love. Don Carlos sets up a meeting between his sales staff and Dennis (Thomas Bo Larsen), a pornographer from Denmark who likes to tell people he once worked with Ingmar Bergman. While most of the salesmen refuse to have anything to do with Don Carlos' new scheme -- especially since pornography is strictly illegal under the Franco regime -- Alfredo grudgingly goes along, and despite initial misgivings Carmen is drafted to star in the first film in the series. As the films become an underground success in Spain and earn a more high-profile reputation in Denmark, Carmen is recognized in public as a glamorous porn star, and Alfredo deludes himself into believing he and Dennis are making art films. But Alfredo's ambitions get the better of him when he begins writing a screenplay for a serious feature film and Carmen becomes increasingly obsessed with having a child. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday
A young woman dies of a drug overdose when she takes the ecstasy pill at a party. At the morgue, her corpse is raped by the attendant, who is overwhelmed by the youth and beauty of her body. The repressive act of necrophilia changes into something else when the girl returns from the other world and instead of pressing charges, tries to get to know her "savior" better. The film is a commentary on contemporary times where it seems to be easier to have sex than to make love. All characters have problems in their relationships with others. Despite its subject, J'aimerais Pas Crever un Dimanche avoids being voyeuristic. Instead of the bodies, the camera chooses to linger on faces as if trying to decipher what the characters are thinking at that precise moment. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

Secret Things
Two young women try to climb the corporate ladder using their feminine wiles in this erotic melodrama from French director Jean-Claude Brisseau. At the beginning of the film, Nathalie (Coralie Revel) and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) work in a strip club, where Nathalie wows the customers with her dancing while Sandrine tends bar. After a fight with their boss, both of them are tossed out late one night. Sandrine, a newcomer to Paris, is late paying her rent and can't go back to her apartment, so Nathalie invites her to move in with her. They become lovers, and after occupying themselves for awhile by behaving very naughtily in public, decide to conquer the working world with their powers of seduction. They both find jobs at a seemingly normal company and choose as their target a mild-mannered middle-aged bureaucrat named Delacroix (Roger Mirmont). But the company has some kinky secrets of its own, personified by the owner's son Christophe (Fabrice Deville), a decadent nihilist with a very close relationship with his sister, in whom the women might have met their match. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Yoshio Harada
    Yoshio Harada - Yoshio Eguchi
  • Kazuko Yoshiyuki
    Kazuko Yoshiyuki - Yasuko Eguchi
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    Yoshiyuki Fukuda - Kiga
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    Toshiro Ishido - Kobayashi
  • Haruko Wanibuchi
    Haruko Wanibuchi - Matsuko
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