Deranged Eurocamp from a production company headed by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, this describes the sensitive love affair between an 18-year-old French exchange student (Marco Hofschneider) and a black maid (Robin Givens) in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in the mid-50s. Adapted by producer Menno Meyjes (best known for his equally ludicrous handling of southern period in adapting The Color Purple) from a novel of the same title by Philippe Labro, this mixes period decor and pop tunes with 80s and 90s black characters, a lovemaking scene that seems to come straight out of Zalman King, an absurdly implausible white southern belle, and a ridiculous impersonation of William Faulkner. In short, it's a European fever dream of the American south worthy of standing alongside Jean-Paul Sartre's ludicrous play The Respectable Prostitute. The direction of Hungarian-born, English-educated Eva Sereny, a former still photographer, is at least sincere, but with material like this to work with she might as well have been filming a Scandinavian remake of Li'l Abner. With Rick Johnson, Charlotte Ross, and Edward Herrmann.
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