Donatella Maiorca has constructed a beautiful love story in her 2009 drama, "Viola di Mare" [Eng. Title: The Sea Purple]. Apparently inspired by a true story, the film is set in late 19th century Sicily, where childhood friends-turned-lovers Angela and Sara face insurmountable resistance within their conservative community.
When Angela gets betrothed to a local lad without her approval, she declares to her father her love for Sara. The angry father punishes by locking her in the cellar for several weeks until the mother finally intervenes. Since he always wanted a boy, she suggests turning Angela into a man - the vicar of the village after all owes them a favour - his earlier affair with Angela's aunt had resulted in an abortion. So we have this bizarre scenario where the people in the village are forced to accept Angela as 'Angelo' forthwith, with the excuse that the vicar made a mistake while christening her as a child. During the early minutes of the film, I wondered if this was going to be another one of those mushy lesbian melodramas, but it actually is a beautiful film, with a strong storyline and sensitive portrayal of the main characters. I started as a cynic, but am so glad to have been proved wrong.
The gorgeous Valeria Solarino plays Angela (Angelo), and the beautiful-as-ever Isabella Ragonese plays Sara. I especially loved the seduction and courting scenes in the film. Recommended Viewing!
A combination of several scenes. At the beginning, we have Sara bathing her mistress - a baroness, played by sexy MILF Lucrezia Lante della Rovere. She sure seems quite fond of the innocent Sara. Then we have Angela being washed by her mum after being locked up for several days in the cellar. Her father barges in to tell her that she can stay free if she decides to become a man, failing which she would end up back in the cellar - Angela relents, and from henceforth is called 'Angelo'. The final part of the scene is when 'Angelo' and Sara get 'married', and make love for the first time. It is a beautiful scene, tastefully done.
Another combo of scenes. First we have 'Angelo' being examined by the doctor - every man must serve in the army - the doctor knows very well that 'Angelo' is a woman, but wants to humiliate her by asking her to strip naked, before rejecting her conscription .
'Angelo' is still expected to 'prove' her manliness - by fathering a child. She turns to another childhood friend, who had always fancied Sara, and he obliges. But I was pleased to find the director's attempt at establishing their fidelity, she beautifully depicts Angela's anguish as her wife is made love to by someone else. Equally, Sara also establishes her faithfulness by going through this 'ordeal'.
The last part of the compilation is however the most erotic, when the Baroness attempts to seduce Angela, and Sara's jealousy after detecting the scent of a woman on Angela. She complains, "...now that you're dressed as a man, you've also started behaving like one".
This is from the DVD extras - the extended version of the love-making scene between Angela and Sara - nice, but I'd recommend the scene from the main film over this in terms of quality.