The Last Woman

Director: Marco Ferreri
Year Released: 1976
Rating: 1.0

Sophomoric attempt at examining gender roles and desire amidst the frigidness of modern living (would you take a look at those buildings!): engineer Gérard Depardieu - literally and figuratively bare - eats, has sex with gal-pal Ornella Muti and plays with his (equally naked) toddler son. Ferreri reduces the male-female dynamic to a primal struggle, like he read the dust jacket for Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents and opted to make a mostly moronic movie out of it - unlike his much better La Grande Bouffe, it lacks a diverse cast and takes itself too seriously. Depardieu's famous penis severing scene isn't properly 'built up to' either (I don't accept his sudden 'insanity') - since pleasure resides in the brain, it would have been wiser for him to cut off his big head first.