A Freira e a Tortura (1983)

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During the military dictatorship in Brazil the chief of police of São Paulo, a decent God fearing man, is given orders to investigate Joanna, a teacher who is giving classes to poor people in the slums. He arrests her but is startled to learn that she’s also a nun. She is accused of subversion without any evidence and isolated in jail without any communication with the outside world. She is tortured and submitted to all sort of humiliation by the degenerates who work in the prison but she will not confess after endless bouts of extreme cruelty. The detective gets increasingly turned on by the many sessions of torture and eventually decides to have her for himself at any cost. I had no idea what the characters were saying but still enjoyed this exercise in sleazy Brazilian softcore which does at least look good for a film this old. This is a television rip which could explain the good quality of the picture and lack of hardcore footage.

“A Freira e a Tortura” is an unpleasant, annoying and cheap exploitation of sex using the lack of human rights in a dark period of the Brazilian contemporary history. A foreigner or a Brazilian youngster that has not lived in those years of dictatorship may not understand the abusive behavior of the police, but this disrespectful procedure was very common in that period. The abnormal, stupid and stereotyped characters are shallow and the jailer and his assistant are overly sadistic with their chuckles & behavior. The bombshell Vera Gimenez in the role of a nun appears naked a great deal of the time and does a decent job as does David Cardoso who tends to ham it up a bit. The odd ending is a little unexpected and meant to be funny which doesn’t fit at all with the dark tone of the rest of the flick. Pure exploitation film which means a slightly ridiculous story and overacting everywhere but it looks good and keeps your interest throughout. This film would greatly benefit from hardcore scenes [not inserts] but I doubt one was ever made

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