Title: Justine

Also known as:
Cruel Passion
Marquis de Sade's Justine
Amori vizi e depravazioni di Justine (Italy)
De Sade's Justine
Justine - Grausame Leidenschaften (West Germany)

Year: 1976

Genre: Drama / Exploitation / Sleaze

Language: English

Runtime: 109 min

Director: Chris Boger

Writer: Ian Cullen

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075893/

After the death of their parents, the sisters Juliette and Justine have been taken care of by nuns. When the nuns throw the sisters out for behaving badly they find their way to a brothel. Juliette manages to adapt to the ways of the brothel but Justine doesn't seem to be able to.

Our thoughts:
I'm not deep into the literature of Marquis de Sade, or any other literature for that matter. But I know one thing, Marquis de Sade's stories were dark, depraved and sadistic. One famous example of that is "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom". "Justine" is a story that has been remade a few times in the world of cinema and even though I've never had a interest in them, it felt like the right choice when I had the chance to review Chris Boger's version of the tale, even though it will be hard to do the original story justice with the review.

Koo Stark plays the character Justine, a girl who has lost her parents and lives in a convent with her sister. The sister, Juliette, spends her time with a lesbian nun, and Justine is being sexually harassed by Mother Superior. One day they are both thrown out of the convent for misbehavior, and they both go to London to find a different life, and they end up in a whorehouse. Juliette manages to enjoy her new life in this filthy place of prostitution, but Justine is having a much harder time. Justine runs away and eventually ends up in the wrong hands.

The story sounds alot better than it's portrayed, as I feel it didn't really bring much of the tension that it could have. We're talking about a movie that features plenty abuse and rape, yet we don't really feel bad for any of the characters. The only thing the movie has going is the sex scenes, and even those were often pretty bland and pointless. I had hopes for the ending because in other reviews it seems to be the only de Sade-esque part of the film, but yet again it falls pretty flat. It's darker than the rest of the film though.

The movie is a bore, the acting is never better than so-so, and the sexual scenes were pretty bad except for the first part of the film. I don't recommend you watch this unless you are a true exploitation hound and actually enjoys anything that features rape and nudity. It doesn't classify as the worst movie I have seen or anything, but it wasn't anything special at all.

Positive things:
- Koo Stark.
Negative things:
- Too little of everything. It just became bland and boring.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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