“Look at me — I’m all flat and skinny, like a boy.”
A teenage schoolgirl (Patti D’Arbanville) spends the summer with a couple whose marriage is on the rocks, and develops a crush on the wife (Mona Kristensen). Meanwhile, she pursues a local teenage boy (Bernard Giraudeau), and tries to find a “suitable male lover” for Kristensen.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, Bilitis is basically soft-core porn packaged as a teenage “coming-of-age sexcapade”; indeed, it contains many porn-film tropes, such as gratuitous lesbian love scenes, a young virgin’s sexual awakening, and a sexually unsatisfied woman’s search for a “suitable” lover. The storyline is ridiculous and “boring,” but at least DP Bernard Daillencourt’s soft-focus cinematography is easy on the eyes. Ephebophiles will have a field day watching countless nubile young women prance about in various states of undress; the rest of us will be distractedly wondering if these girls are really all 18 or older…
- Lush soft-focus cinematography