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Desperate Living Movie Review Summary

Actors: Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Mary Vivian Pearce, Jean Hill

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Peggy Gravel, an upper middle class housewife, forces her enormous maid, Grizelda, to sit on her husband. They discover that she has killed him and must run from the police. The women end up in Mortville, a bizarre haven for criminals and deviants. Peggy and Grizelda take shelter with a trashy, eccentric lesbian couple and, later, face the wrath of the depraved and debauched Queen Carlotta.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals (shown sympathetically) on the run Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Lesbians! Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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