Swept Away or, to give it its full title, Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, was the film that made Lina Wertmüller’s reputation. Bored, rich socialite Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) rents a yacht crewed by Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini). They couldn’t be more different, not least politically: she’s an extreme right-winger while he’s an out-and-out Communist. Accordingly, they make little attempt at hiding their mutual loathing, but she’s firmly in charge… until an ill-timed engine failure leaves the two up shipwrecked on a desert island. Whereupon the tables are dramatically turned: her wealth is useless, his practical survival skills essential – and he’s the bigger and stronger of the two. The resulting sadomasochistic relationship had feminists up in arms, not least because the film was directed by a woman, but Wertmüller didn’t get her reputation as one of 1970s European cinema’s most confrontational directors for nothing.
Release Date: 08 November 2004
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Main Language: Italian