Nicely crafted, the foreign film Amor Bandido takes you by surprise as what starts as an affair with a schoolteacher does an about face thriller. Nicely filmed and acted, the movie works its way into a miscalculated hostile situation. Enjoy the ride by this Adults Only story that gets bizarre and twisted.
John (Renato Quattordio) is a high school16 year old student that has been enamored by his seductive 35 year old teacher Luciana (Romina Ricci) for months. He is love struck so much that he has been able work on meeting the older woman in secluded parts of the school for some amorous time. When Luciana decides to retire from teaching, John makes a play for her when he get invited to her secluded house in a forest area.
Things start to get a little weird when a vagrant shows up on the property. The film takes some odd twists and then dives into the meat of the story. I like the way Daniel Andres Werner directs this drama holding back on letting out too much information that would spoil the plot. He uses a lot of misdirection in the film that seems plausible, until he gets into the thriller the film becomes.
Amor Dandido has not been rated by the MPAA, but it does depict under age sex with an adult, sexual assault, language and violence. It has been released on DVD, Digital, and Most Streaming Platforms. For those who like a drama with some suspense and unexpected thrills I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The DVD has some Bonus Features Including:
“Director Daniel Werner and the Making of Amor Bandido”
“Cinephobia Releasing Trailers” includs SUBLIME, EMANUELLE, BRIGHTWOOD, THE LATENT IMAGE and THE GOLDSMITH.
Additional Film Information:
Cast: Romina Ricci, Renato Quattordio, Rafael Ferro
Directed and co-written by: Daniel Andres Werner
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: nudity, sex, language, sex assault
Running Time: 1 hr. 20 min.
Language: Spanish or French with English Subtitles
Opening Date: July 18, 2023
Distributed by: Werner Cini/Keno Lorber, Cinephobia Releasing
Released in: DVD, Digital, Most Streaming Platforms