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Cyberella: Forbidden Passions

Cyberella: Forbidden Passions (1996) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  87m  •    •  Directed by: Jackie Garth.  •  Starring: Debra K. Beatty, Marshall Hilliard, Rebecca Taylor, Daniel Namath, Landon Hall, Lesli Kay, Kevin Patrick Walls, Shayna Lee, David Millbern.  •  Music by: Ollie Wood.
     Mara's soul is left in her computer when she dies while using a virtual reality program. She is given four chances to learn the "lesson" of life so she can move on to heaven. Each lesson involves a member of the opposite, or same, sex who is using another virtual reality program.


Image from: Cyberella: Forbidden Passions (1996)
Image from: Cyberella: Forbidden Passions (1996)
Image from: Cyberella: Forbidden Passions (1996)
This review is for the UK DVD. This example of the erotic drama came as quite a pleasant surprise.When choosing to watch a film of this type, it is obvious that one is going to see a certain amount of nudity and simulated sex but what can lift a film above the banal and into entertainment is a good script and sympathetic characters. This film also delves deeper into human spirituality and, dare I say it, "Life, the universe and everything in it."

The plot revolves around a computer programmer, Mara (Debra K. Beatty) who, after a tragic accident, finds herself in a spiritual limbo between Heaven and Earth and in order to progress to her destiny must learn a lesson which, it should be obvious by now, requires much taking off of clothes. If she fails, she will return to Earth. Here we touch on reincarnation.

Overall this film and especially the women do not disappoint in any way. Shayna Lee in her scene with Kevin Walls (Debra stays clothed for this one) is outstanding. Ms Beatty gets naked several times and she shares a girlgirl scene with dancer Amy (Rebecca Taylor). My one reservation with this film is the use of extreme close-ups which appear to be out of focus, rather like the effect of enlarging a photo too much. Perhaps the powers that be got cold feet about the copious nudity and panned and scanned some of it out but despite this, in my view this is one of the better of its type so 7 stars.

Review by augustian from the Internet Movie Database.


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