The movie involves a bearded Communist sailor, who’s working as a servant on a yacht for a man, and his wife who takes pleasures in sunbathing and continually insulting the man, who gets exceptionally annoyed, but doesn’t do anything about it. Then, the wife asks to go out swimming very late in the day, and when the dingy’s motor breaks down, the two are adrift in the middle of the Mediterranean for a couple days, before eventually ending up on a deserted island, where Raffaela’s (Mariangela Melato) constant insulting of Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini) finally catch up to her. While she, eventually begins to submit, to Gennarino’s every desire and basically become his slave she begins to fall in love with him. Now, Wertmuller is a leftist, but she actually is not a feminist, and you consider the kind of balls it took back in 1974 to dare such a position, especially from the world’s leading female in filmmaking. The more she insults him, the harder and more vicious he hits her, and the more she enjoys it. Eventually to the point of insisting on such sexual practices Gennarino hadn’t even heard of, or for that matter couldn’t pronounce. Despite me and Wertmuller’s disagreements on the views of feminism, the movie sets it up so well, and is so brilliantly acted and written, that we buy into the premise. And on top of all of that, the movie is legitimately funny when it needs to be, and very erotic when it needs to be. The movie doesn’t stay at one rhythmic pace, it keeps changing and swerving like the waves of the sea, with the final wave after their rescue being the one that hits hardest, but it is not surprising if we follow the metaphor correctly. That’s the other thing, Wertmuller doesn’t just give opinions, although she does, but she criticizes and thinks them through logically on both sides, so we don’t just feel like were watching propaganda disguised as eroticism and comedy, although it might be the other way around with her.
Note.: I wasn't planning on putting the English-dubbed version of the film up there, it's not horrible dubbing, but I really couldn't find a good English-language trailer, so it's this film. I'd rather watch the movie with subtitles and in it's original Italian, but again, this isn't bad.