Monique (1969)


Monique is a French au pair girl who comes to live with an unhappily married young English couple, to cook, to care for their children and generally to spruce up their lives. From the first she proves a real find, with the kids and in the kitchen, but only after she completely satisfies the frustrated husband and then, on a Christmas Eve, brings the icy wife to a slow omnisexual simmer that lasts through the rest of the movie, does she fully demonstrate the meaning of “service”.

Made at the end of the sixties Monique benefited from the increased liberalism of the time and dealth freely with the issues of bisexuality and lesbianism. Mixing a tight script with a strong cast and a believable plot in which a newly arrived au pair girl (Sibylla Kay) livens a tired marriage by simultaneously beginning affairs with both of the husband and wife.

This was to be director John Brown’s only film as he moved to acting full-time starring in a number of features including Vampire Circus (1972), Fear in the Night (1972), and most recently, Dark Waters (2006).

“The sexual scenes are real and vivid…Sibylia Kay is certainly voluptuous enough as Monique…her bodily sensuality comes across loud and clear” – Variety

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