Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Leland|
|Produced by||Tarak Ben Ammar
Dino De Laurentiis
Martha De Laurentiis
|Written by||David Leland|
by Giovanni Boccaccio
|Narrated by||Craig Parkinson|
|Music by||Ilan Eshkeri|
|Studio||Ingenious Film Partners|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||97 minutes|
Virgin Territory is a 2008 romantic comedy film based upon Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. It has also been known under the working titles The Decameron, Angels and Virgins, Guilty Pleasures and Chasing Temptation. The film's Italian title Decameron Pie pays tribute to both the title of the original source inspiration and to U.S. comedy film American Pie. The film was released in France on December 12, 2007 under the title Medieval Pie, and was released directly-to-DVD in the U.S. in August 2008. It was the last film produced by Dino De Laurentiis.
The film is set in Tuscany during the Black Death. As in the Decameron, ten young Florentines take refuge from the plague. But instead of telling stories, they have lusty adventures, bawdy exchanges, romance and swordplay. There are randy nuns, Saracen pirates, and a sexy cow.
Pampinea is the daughter of a wealthy merchant who die moment before the start of the movie. Lorenzo is a young man in town who is exceptionally good at gambling and is charmed by her beauty. Gerbino De Ratta is the head of the local thugs who robs anyone and anything that he see rob-able. Count Dzerzhinsky is Pampinea's fiance who she has never met. Their fate intertwine with each other after Pampinea's father died and Gerbino robs Pampinea of her fortune saying her father was in debt. The only way for the merchant's daughter to retain her life was to marry him, according to Gerbino himself.
Lorenzo was chasing by Gerbino after he bested him at a gamble table and took refuges in a Convent by posing as a "deaf and dumb" gardener. At this convent, he had sex with all of the nuns as they are horny and in need of a man only until Pampinea arrived. Pampinea—trying to escape from Gerbino's grasp—ran to the convent for shelter. There she saw Lorenzo who she had feeling for a long time having sexual intercourse with the nuns and get jealous. She blindfolds Lorenzo and kiss him out of love and tells the Holy mother of the convent of him not being "deaf and dumb" out of jealousy.
The Count, arrived at Florence only to be ambushed by Gerbino's men. All of his companions died, but he survived. Receiving a message from Pampinea's servant, Dzerzhinsky rode for her father mansion where he is bond to get married with her. On the way, the young Count meets Melissa—Pampinea's best friend who is on her way to the wedding—and the two subsequently fall in love. The Count was led to believed Melissa was Pampinea.
Chased out of the convent, Lorenzo follows Pampinea to her father's mansion. There he confess to her that he fell in love with the nun who kissed him, the woman he never get to see her face. Later, Gerbino and his men arrive at the mansion and imprison Lorenzo. Pampinea agrees to marry Gerbino right that day to save Lorenzo and thus Lorenzo was thrown out in the wood. There he met Dzerzhinsky who is on his way to the mansion to be married to Pampinea (Melissa) and the two team up to take out Gerbino's man. Gerbino himself died falling into a large and deep well inside the mansion.
Pampinea, in love with Lorenzo, refuse to get married to Count Dzerzhinsky only to realize moment later that the Count himself has now in love with Melissa who is posing as her. She then runs after Lorenzo and kiss him. Lorenzo realizes that she was the nun he is in love with and they held their wedding that day together with all of their friends'.
- Hayden Christensen - Lorenzo de Lamberti
- Mischa Barton - Pampinea Anastargi
- Tim Roth - Gerbino Della Ratta
- Ryan Cartwright - Ghino
- Rosalind Halstead - Filomena
- Kate Groombridge - Melissa
- Christopher Egan - Dioneo
- Nigel Planer - Uncle Bruno
- Matthew Rhys - Count Dzerzhinsky
- Rupert Friend - Alessandro Felice
- Silvia Colloca - Sister Lisabetta
- Anna Galiena - The Abbess
- Elisabetta Canalis - Nun
- Craig Parkinson - Tindaro
- Felix Dzerzhinsky of the Cheka
- "Virgin Territory (2007)". Retrieved June 7, 2012.