A naive young woman's experimentation with sex leads to a colorful travelogue across Europe in this Danish feature directed by Annelise Meineche, who also wrote the script with John Hilbard. Though fairly lightweight nowadays, it was considered steamy stuff for its era. Initially seized by US Customs and branded obscene, the film finally made its American debut (slapped with an X-rating) in December 1969 after that judgement was overturned by a Los Angeles jury in Federal Court following a five-day trial... Making her film debut, Anne Grete stars as 17-year-old Lillian, a high school senior who's concerned that she might be frigid, so she seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Petersen (Ib Mossin). Sure, this handsome Doc is legitimately trying to solve Lillian's problem and convince the uptight blonde beauty that there's nothing wrong with sexual pleasure, but the guy also has a decidedly pervy vibe -- watching intently as Lillian gets undressed during her very first appointment, complimenting the naked girl on how "well built" she is, massaging her nude body, nuzzling her bare breasts with his face, and eventually getting naked as well during her visits (in order to teach his patient how to properly pleasure a man, naturally). And if Lillian follows his advice, she'll soon be experiencing enjoyable orgasms. Equipped with all of her newfound knowledge, Lillian goes on summer vacation, which involves hitchhiking all by herself across Europe. No surprise, she doesn't have any problem getting rides from a variety of men. A photographer picks her up and the two have sex in the back of his van. Heading to Copenhagen, a lesbian teaches Lillian about the joy of dildos, then invites a male friend to join them for a ménage à trois; in Germany, she learns about Hamburg nightlife, such as female mud-wrestling and brothels; a lift from Englishman Freddy (Dale Robinson) gets Lillian to Italy, but he's only into anal; and finally it's onto Paris for some more random sexcapades... None of these encounters are portrayed as being at all sordid or uncomfortable, since eternally cheerful Lillian is open to every experience -- whether it's starring in a dirty movie or going to the home of a wealthy S&M freak -- though the screenplay concludes on a surprisingly conventional note. Grete isn't much of an actress but makes an exceptionally photogenic lead who's willing to doff her clothes at any opportunity, with this film's success jumpstarting a brief screen career in Danish sexploitation such as DAGMAR'S HOT PANTS, INC. and BEDROOM MAZURKA. Meanwhile, cinematographer Aage Wiltrup (REPTILICUS) classes up the proceedings with plenty of picturesque locations.
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