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Young Eva Peron sleeps her way to the top of a nation, bedding important ministers and generals. When her new husband becomes President, she finally has all the power she craves--until her shocking downfall.
Christiane Krüger is Marina Pinares, a thinly veiled Eva Peron known to her adoring public as "Little Mother" who sleeps, self-promotes, and blackmails her way to political power in an unnamed South American country. The mosaic Citizen Kane-like structure begins in the present, as the hypocritical hero of the people campaigns to become canonized while flashbacks reveal her wicked past: her early life as a call girl, wild orgies, and her cagey manipulations of a succession of powerful lovers. As in most of Radley Metzger's work, the sex is more teasing than explicit and Hans Jura's cinematography is lush and lovely, but the tone is more swinging '70s than cynical satire, neither as luridly sensationalistic as it should be or as dramatically compelling as it could be. Kruger never captures the necessary dynamism to convince us that she's the most loved figure of her time, but she delivers the ruthlessly ambitious dimension in spades and the supporting cast, including Ivan Desny (The Marriage of Maria Braun) and Anton Diffring (Fahrenheit 451), brings a touch of class to the sleazy but stylish decadence. Metzger's art-film ambitions are better realized in the lush romantic tragedy of Therese and Isabelle and the heady mind games of The Lickerish Quartet. --Sean Axmaker
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than years later, these films suddenly appear in the form of video tape.
"Little Mother", which on the box is clearly stated is based on the life of Evita Peron, was one
of these films. as usual the women are beautiful, the nudity is plentiful, but the story line is
how this could be based even loosely on Evita Peron is beyond me.
The film chronicles the life of Marina Pinares, a corrupt, murderous First Lady of an obscure country. The beautiful and conniving Marina, claws and kills her way to the top and upon discovering that she has a terminal illness, plots to have herself declared a saint by the Catholic church.
Despite some similarities between the heinous "Blood Queen" portrayed in the film and the real Eva Perón (the films leading actress Christiane Kruger looks identical to the real thing in certain scenes), this is pure, "soft-core" fiction but despite the inaccuracies is still highly entertaining.
Those viewing this for the eroticism may be disappointed as there is very little of it here. I am not a Metzger fan or pretend to be an expert on his films, so I can't really compare this to his other works. I did see most of his film "Score" several years ago, and sexually speaking, "Little Mother" is pretty tame in comparison. The performances are interesting. I do think Christiane Kruger did a fairly good job in this and as mentioned previously, there are scenes where she is a splitting image of the historical Evita. She plays the title character well projecting just the right amount of eroticism and malice which was needed for this particular role. Not a good biography of Evita and definitely not the greatest soft core film ever produced, as their is far more violence than eroticism, but as a curiosity piece, it is worth watching.
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