Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this Belgian/French romance, based on the novel by Françoise Mallet-Joris, Tamara (Françoise Brion), a sex-hungry and ambitious woman "on the make," trifles with the affections of Lena (Sharon Gurney), in order to gain affection with Lena's wealthy father. When Tamara and the father are wed, Lena cultivates her wounded feelings and wants vengeance. Though now married, Tamara is unable to pummel her own lustful tendencies, and when the dashing, but rakish, Parisian director Gerfaud newly arrives in town, she sets her sights on him. Lena, seizing the opportunity for sweet revenge, gets to him first, and he whisks her away to the deluxe "Red Room" of a local brothel. However, getting a man into bed and enjoying it are two different things: Lena tells the man to desist and is raped for her pains. She succeeds in making Tamara furious, however, and the two women fight all the way back into each others arms.
ambition, revenge, romance, sex, spouse