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Italian Seduction – School for Seduction

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Film
German Title Italian Seduction – School for Seduction
Original title School for Seduction
Country of production Great Britain
Original language English
Year of publication 2004
Length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Staff
Director Sue Heel
Script Sue Heel,
Martin Herron
Production Christine Alderson,
Steve Bowden,
Angad Paul
Music Mark Thomas
Camera Tony Imi
Edited by Sean Barton,
David Martin
Cast
  • Kelly Brook: Sophia Rossellini
  • Emily Woof: Kelly
  • Dervla Kirwan: Clare Hughes
  • Margi Clarke: Irene
  • Jessica Johnson: Donna
  • Neil Stuke: Craig Hughes
  • Tim Healy: Derek
  • Jake Canuso: Giovanni
  • Jody Baldwin: Gail
  • Tracy Hann: Laura
  • Nicola Blackwell: Lucy

Italian Seduction – School forSeduction is a 2004 British comedy film directed by Sue Heel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Martin Herron.

Storyline

The beautiful Italian Sophia Rossellini comes from Naples to Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England to open a “School of Seduction”. Among others, the manager Claire, the single mother Kelly, her boss Iren and the young and somewhat crazy Donna as well as transvestite artist Tony take part in the course. All four women have major problems, with Claire suffering because her husband Craig now only has a tender relationship with his sportster “Charlotte”, Kelly finding it hard to bear the reproaches of her pubescent daughter Lucy while juggling two jobs herself, Iren finding her marriage to Derrick entrenched, and Donna dissatisfied with her meaningless life. Sophia tries to teach the women self-confidence and how to move erotically, with moderate success at first. But the women don’t give up, and eventually Donna manages to start a relationship with Iren’s son Mark, who shares her dream of significance. The two decide to go to Ghana to work for an aid project.

Claire has to realize after many efforts that her husband’s jealousy of her success and his boundless egoism make a continuation of the marriage impossible, and she separates from him, not, however, without first scrapping his beloved car and putting the pressed cuboid in the marriage bed.

Iren finally angrily asks her husband for a divorce, whereupon he makes it clear to her why he is so reserved: Iren dominates their life together, so he finds no place in it at all. Horrified, his wife realizes that he is right and tries to take care of him, until the two finally lie in each other’s arms, professing their love.

Kelly realizes that her path to a better-paying job is being blocked by her unscrupulous supervisor, Brian. When he also tries to force her to quit by making up “missteps,” the women hatch a plan with Sophia. Kelly tells him she’s withdrawing her application and lures the unsuspecting Brian into the ladies’ room of a restaurant under the promise of an erotic experience. There, however, transvestite Tony awaits him, and the women are able to snap a captious photo. Kelly gets the job.

While the lives of her “students” are settling down, however, Sophia has problems of her own to deal with. Her chauvinistic husband Giovanni, whom she already left at the beginning of the film, shows up for the last lesson in her course, of all things. Startled, Sophia forgets her accent, and Donna recognizes in her her former classmate Gillian, who had also been a total “loser.” The other women also react disappointed, and so Giovanni has an easy time blackmailing Gillian back into marriage under threats. When the four women realize their mistake, they drive together to Gillian’s apartment, where Giovanni is about to load his wife into the car for the airport. At first, the friends’ pleas seem fruitless, but eventually Gillian changes her mind, breaks away from Giovanni for good, and the five women leave to celebrate themselves.

Reviews

The Encyclopedia of International Film wrote that the film was a “well-acted comedy in the familiar traditionoffilms such as Calendar Girls. It entertains “largely upbeat […] with convincing performances” and mocks “everyday British life with satiricalasides. “[1]

The Lausitzer Rundschau of 6 September 2007 wrote that the film was a “typical English comedy that rediscovers the old theme of entrenched gender roles“. It lives “from the different female characters whose everyday lives and social backgrounds take centrestage”.

Christopher Null wrote on www.filmcritic.com that the film was a “lively […] mostly harmless” comedy. The third part seems contrived, even if it doesn’t ruin the film.[2]

Awards

Sue Heel was nominated for the Emden Film Award in 2004.

Backgrounds

The film was shot in Newcastle upon Tyne.[3] It had its world premiere on 14 May 2004 at the Cannes Film Market held on the sidelines of the Cannes International Film Festival. On 7 October 2004, it was screened at the Dinard Festival of British Cinema.[4]

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Individual references

  1. Italian Seduction – School for Seduction. In: encyclopedia ofinternational film. Filmdienst, retrieved 6 September 2007.
  2. Film review by Christopher Null, retrieved September 6, 2007(memento of the Originals of July 31, 2012 in the Web Archive archive .today) Info:The archive linkwas automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.filmcritic.com
  3. Filming locations for School for Seduction, retrieved 6 September 2007
  4. Premiere dates for School for Seduction, retrieved September 6, 2007