Monella Film Details
Overview: Set in the 1950s Italian countryside, the film tells the story of Lola and Masetto, a young couple whose views on premarital sex differ drastically.
Tagline: A determined young virgin is on the loose…
Review: The cover of the DVD has a photo of Lola (Anna Ammarati) on her bicycle, laughing over her shoulder at the camera, her skirt hiked up to her waist and revealing her panty-covered behind. The movie opens with this scene. Lola bicycles around town with her filmy skirt up around her neck, turning all the men on, including two priests who sniff her bicycle seat after she dismounts. Oh, she’s a gay creature and a whimsical one. She’s about to be married to a young baker but doesn’t want to remain a virgin until then so she tries to seduce him in every way, but the young man is a demon of chastity. So Lola starts looking elsewhere for her defloration, but everyone seems frightened away by her forwardness. It’s hard to figure out why. She’s easy enough on the eyes. But when she puts the moves on her own father, maybe she’s going a little too far. There’s a credit given for clothing design and I suppose it’s deserved, at least for everyone except frivolous Lola who spends half the movie running around buck nekkid. She’s seen in a wedding dress at the end but she’s not wearing underwear. In the rest of the movie she wears only one outfit — a red top, easily slipped down, a diaphanous transparent skirt and a pair of white panties (sometimes). There is an abundance of what I think the trade calls up skirt shots. I will tell you something. If this were a real Italian gal in a small village, she’d be put away subito. There isn’t much to the story except for Lola’s whimsical yet desperate attempts at seduction. The whole thing is a fantasy. A monk admits she turns him on and he appears to masturbate an ear of corn after she kisses his ancient forehead, proving that he may be old but he’s not dead. Later he gets a chance to spit out some happy obscenities. The musical score is lively and demotic. The photography bleeds much of the color from the scenes and appears to have been shot through a goldfish bowl. The acting is okay as far as I could tell. I had no objection to Lola’s lying in bed and plucking out pubic hairs — “He loves me,” “He loves me not”, or whatever it was. I had no real objection to any of it. The problem is that it really isn’t very sexy, although there is an abundance of Lola’s nudity, and it isn’t in the least amusing. I wouldn’t sit through it again.
Language: Italian, French
Duration: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Also known as: Monella,Lolas bryllup,Монела,Frivole Lola,Frivolous Lola,Frívola Lola,Монелла,不知不觉诱惑你,Pecados de uma virgem,Monella – A Travessa,Lolan häät,Lola,Frywolna Lola,Μονέλλα,Шалунья,Lolas bröllop