Women Behind Bars

by on Sep.04, 2010, under Daily Review

Jesus Franco here with one of his most notorious films, notably banned in the UK. It’s a tale of a diamond heist gone wrong, the girlfriend of one of the criminals pops some lead and seals the secret of the whereabouts of the missing stolen diamonds. She owns up to the police, claiming he was a beast of a guy, but still gets sentenced to prison. It’s not long before the head warden is after some answers and uses torture to loosen some tongues. wHat’s happend to the loot? Does Shirley Fields (Lina Romay) know anything?

The film’s plot is pretty good, it flows well with some good twists and intrigue with double crossing thrown in for good measure. The torture is all a bit tame. Naked women get whipped and electrocuted but it’s not convincing which for me is a big plus as it gives the film a bit of charm really.

The actors here are great and of the usual Franco stock. Lina Romay heads up the cast and is brilliant as always. Here, arguably in one of her finest roles actually. She’s a regular Franco actress who has real charm and screen presence.

There’s the usual expected cliché lesbian romp which stereotypes prison life for women. But apart from naked women in prison, expect more from this one as the plot is cool and enjoyable. Script is great but then, Franco’s films are always a joy for me. He’s a great director who knows what he wants out of a cast and a film and goes for the bulls-eye every time, budget or no budget. One of the greats. This is not his finest moment, but it’s a great place to start if you wanna experience a bit of Franco goodness.


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