Passion and Romance: Windows of the Heart (1997) / Romance-Adult
MPAA Rated: Not rated, but definitely would be R for strong sexual content, nudity, and language
Running Time: 90 min.
Cast: Tracie May, Charli Claire, Heidi Jo Markel, Gregori Holderbach
Director: Rene Effie
Screenplay: Philip Halprin
Review published February 26, 1998
The simplistic plot: A writer (Tracie May, Shattered Lies) travels through Paris, Ireland, and Bolivia in order to get inspiration for the smutty books she writes, and discovers that real life is spicier than her novels.
Windows of the Heart is nothing less than an abomination. It's abhorrent even taken on its own sleazy Cinemax late-night straight-to-video terms. Quite frankly, I can't recall another film with such a horrible cast, and I almost had to call 911 on the director, as such a lethal assault on the viewer's intelligence has to be criminal in some jurisdiction. Judging by the tacky sets, they obviously made this film in a studio and the only scenes you see of Paris, etc. are obvious stock footage of the Eiffel tower thrown in every 30 seconds to make you think they are actually there.
The sets are a joke; the airplane cockpit looks like a closet, and a radio station interview features no microphone (I think the radio host talks into a lamp!). I suppose the only draw to see this movie would be for the nonstop sex scenes, but they are neither sexy nor interesting, filled with people in awkward positions and curiously dubbed in moaning. And just when you think it couldn't possibly get any worse, a vampire story emerges when the writer goes to Bolivia! If this movie went any further into subterranean depths, it would hit magma. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this vapid piece of soft-core feces. Treat it like Ebola and avoid it at all costs!
©1998 Vince Leo