I had heard about Candida Royalle’s "Femme" productions several years ago, but never had the opportunity to review one of her movies until now. When Candida moved from acting in front of the camera to working behind it in the mid-80’s, she decided to make movies "for women", although now she’s promoting these more "for couples".
Now the big thing about this movie is that they took out much of the usual "hardcore" stuff, like the exterior cum shot and the overemphasized view of the genital insertion. This video could very easily be mistaken for a softcore movie, especially since it emphasizes more story than sex.
Speaking of story, let’s get to it. "Three Daughters" is a story about the Clayton family… a happily married couple with three adult daughters, all of them home at the same time for spring break.
We start off with Jennifer, the pianist who decides to get it on with her piano instructor (who actually looks younger than her). They have sex in the living room while the youngest daughter, Heather (Siobhan Hunter) looks on from the stairs. He moved the teddy bottoms aside so he can pleasure her orally, then she pleasures him orally before sitting down on his cock… which somehow slides wonderfully past the bottoms of her teddy. Of course we can’t tell if they’re actually fucking or just engaging in what my best friend calls "thong sex"… you know, the pretend sex that you see in really bad 70’s and 80’s softcore movies from Europe. We can’t tell because she never takes that teddy off, and there are no genital close-ups. There’s not even the passing sign that he’s still aroused. We’re supposed to take their word that they’ve reached Nirvana.
Then we go back to Heather, who is still on the stairwell and realizes that even her pussy was wet. Later that night, she decides to find out more about her pussy with the help of a mirror, the pages of a sex book, and the memory of her sister getting laid. It’s a very nice and sensual scene of a woman getting herself off.
The next day, we see Jennifer playing the piano again and Heather talking away on the phone about her summer plans. She gets reminded about doing chores, and she passes by Michelle’s room. Michelle is busy going through her lingerie and Heather decides to watch. Michelle tells Heather that her boyfriend is coming over and begs her to not tell their mother about it.
Later on, we see Michelle and her boyfriend in her bedroom. They start to go at it on a bed still loaded with her lingerie. He decides to be playful about it and tie her up with the stockings and then eat her pussy. Here the action is a little more explicit, and we do see that the two of them are having sex. He unties her, and then she ties him and has her way with him… not knowing that Heather is again watching them. After having sex, the two of them talk about getting married.
Then we have a scene that sort of defies explanation… it’s mostly verbal, and it’s both Jennifer and Heather getting henpecked by their mother about setting the dinner table. Finally the guests arrive, and Heather meets Paul… who was apparently there for Jennifer, although it’s pretty clear that he favors the younger sister. Heather feels something for Paul as well and we later see her fantasizing about being with him while she’s soaping herself up in the shower.
The next day Paul shows up and asks Heather if she wants to go to the movies, but she says that her best friend Susan was coming over. Sure enough, Susan comes over and the two of them soon talk about sex. It’s not long before the two of them are slow dancing and kissing and undressing and playing with each other. Just some casual lesbianism between friends, huh?
Soon afterwards, Paul calls and asks the mother if he could take Heather out on a date. How old-fashioned! So we see Heather go through all sorts of outfits. The two of them go out on the beach for a little picnic lunch, and then they go out again for another date on the boardwalk.
Well, with all of the girls getting some attention, that leaves Mr. and Mrs. Clayton feeling a bit left out. So while they reminisce about the old days, they start to feel a little randy. He tears open her pantyhose so he can please her, and she undresses him to return the favor. They do a little missionary for a while and then she sucks… and swallows… him off. Again, no visible pop-shot, but at least this was still a little more credible than Jennifer’s sex scene.
Okay, back to Paul and Heather. The two of them are still having fun, still playing around like kids. Finally, after the two of them check into a little hotel room, they finally go at it. It’s all real soft and slow and passionate to emphasize her first time with a man. Again, it’s not that explicit, and you have to take their word that they went to heaven and back, but it ends with the two of them holding each other like in the sex book you saw at the beginning of the movie.
Heather verbally wraps things up as we see her and Paul together one last time, and then as she leaves to back to school. As the credits roll, we see Heather driving past the ocean, and she stops one last time to remember her time there.
As I mentioned earlier, this could have easily been mistaken for a softcore movie, especially with the first sex scene. There’s an emphasis on telling a story rather than on sex that was somewhat refreshing because it also meant that there was an aftermath to most of the sex scenes. On the downside, there were a few scenes that were just needless filler, such as the scene where you hear the mother go on and on about setting the table. Another downside is that some of the casting was off. The mother and Heather were aptly cast. The other two daughters, however, seem just a little too old. The "piano teacher" looked even younger than his pupil. And whomever was cast as the father looked just a little too young to be a father of three very adult women.
In terms of extras, Adam & Eve and Candida Royalle really loaded this DVD up with them. There are eight full trailers; a photo gallery "scrapbook" complete with commentary from Candida; a look at the last third of the movie with Candida’s comments included; a message from Candida; a history of Candida’s life and career; a promo for her unique vibrators; and a quick static plug for a series of videos directed by other adult film legends.
All in all, this is a good video for couples, especially when you have someone who isn’t fully into watching hardcore or if they happen to be completely turned off by external pop shots and a morbid obsession with genital close-ups.