Although it's billed as "an erotic thriller" THE GIRL is hardly either--smothering any of its eroticism in a mundane and tedious story and relegating its "thriller" elements to an obscure subplot which is nearly forgotten. The premise is familiar, seen in countless soft-core films--a
young girl's sexual hold over an older man causing his destruction. In THE GIRL, a British film with a Swedish director and Italian locations, the girl is a 14-year-old played by Powney, an actress who hasn't seen 14 in at least a decade. A combination of Brigitte Bardot, Pippi Longstocking, and
Lucretia Borgia, Powney, with her pigtail hairdo, is the daughter of a powerful general who...