Picks and Pans Review: Beyond Obsession

updated 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

The idea of Tom Berenger and Marcello Mastroianni as two points of a romantic triangle is intriguing. The execution in this 1982 film under director Liliana Cavani is more along the lines of ridiculous. Berenger is an American engineer working in Morocco, where he meets a mysterious, glamorous blond, Eleonora Giorgi. The woman turns out to be Mastroianni's stepdaughter, and Marcello is such a sleazeball that in addition to being her lover, he is having her work as a glorified madam to raise money to get him out of jail. Morocco is photogenic, and Berenger has an aw-shucks charm—he's reminiscent of that good ole boy '30s actor Wayne Morris. But there's too much decadence and not enough plot. It may be tempting to try this some day when all the copies of Platoon are rented out. Resist. (Unrated) (VidAmerica, $69.98)

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