Swept away

Swept away

Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto

DVD - 1997 | Italian
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A wealthy upper-class capitalist and the proletariat deckhand on her yacht are marooned together on an uninhabited island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles.

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vetta
Apr 25, 2017

Huge disappointment. Story line?, males ruled the women. The 2 lovers get shipwrecked, thought for sure there would be romance. If you're into a male being abusive, filthy language and the woman loving every minute of it that she's begging to stay with this married man. Couldn't finish it. Guess I'm not into trashy film.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 16, 2017

The full title is "Swept Away. . .by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August." On the surface these 1974 Italian film directed by Lina Wertmuller ("Seven Beauties") seems like it's either deeply sexist and/or a typical mismatched couple romance. The greatness of this film is that it embraces these cliches and formulas, but then subverts them. Clearly not everyone sees it that way, as the original "Village Voice" review called it "possibly the most outrageously misogynist film ever made by a woman." A haughty, wealthy woman (Mariangela Melato) and the scruffy, working class man who serves on her yacht (Giancarlo Giannini) get stranded on an island and, initially, hate each other. The film opens with characters discussing politics and it's an explicitly political film, even if it's presented as a kind of offbeat romance. Wertmuller uses the romantic plot to critique class and gender, but the film is never didactic and her rich irony makes the film hard to fully pin down. It wouldn't work if the two leads weren't utterly committed to their roles and unafraid to embrace the darker aspects of their characters (the woman's snobbery, the man's brutality). A great film that would be pointlessly remade with Madonna in the lead and her then husband Guy Ritchie directing.

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akirakato
Dec 22, 2016

This is a 1974 Italian comedy-romance written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
It is about a wealthy woman whose yachting vacation with friends in the Mediterranean Sea takes an unexpected turn when she and one of the boat's crew are separated from the others and they become stranded on a deserted island.
The woman's capitalist beliefs and the man's communist convictions clash, but during their struggle to survive their situation as well as their social roles are reversed.
Although you will certainly laugh your head off, there is something serious in the story.
It is a hilariously funny and profoundly amusing film---one of the best Italian movies.

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Human1
Mar 05, 2013

This movie is VERY entertaining. But if you really pay attention, there is a lot more than meets the eye. And it is not about feminism, either. It is about letting go, completely. If you only dare. Maybe not the best movie for NE?

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melbl8tr
Oct 14, 2010

Slightly disturbing Italian film that examines class warfare.

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