B-to-Z at Cinematek 2016
Every last Friday of the month, Offscreen screens two rarities in Cinematek, uncovered from the darkest recesses of the archive. Two B-to-Z films with a common theme, presented as a double bill for the price of a single ticket.
Like every year, the B-to-Z of March is thematically linked to the festival, this time offering more psychologically unstable women. “Toys are not for Children” is a sleazy movie that will leave you longing for a shower afterwards to wash away all the filth. But then there's Jess Franco with “Le Journal Intime d'une Nymphomane”, one of his best sexploitation films, filled with sex, nudity and more depravity.
Jamie is the child of a broken home. She marries her well-meaning first love but is haunted by ghosts of the past. She turns to prostitution to act out her girlish fantasies with older men. A perverse Oedipal narrative that is sleazy but heartfelt and epitomizes exploitation at its finest.
In search of pleasure and excitement, Linda heads off to the big city. But these luxuries come at a price: addiction, prostitution and sexual abuse lie in wait. She casts off men and finds solace in the arms of a lesbian countess. Sex, drugs and psychedelic rock in this sexploitation film by Jess Franco.