Swept Away (2002)Also known as : "Love, Sex, Drugs & Money"
CAST MadonnaAdriano Giannini
MADONNAand ADRIANO GIANNINI star in director/screenwriter GUY RITCHIE'Scontemporary adaptation of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 romantic comedy"Swept Away," a story of love, sex, drugs and too much money -- all setagainst the backdrop of a Mediterranean island paradise.
Amber (MADONNA) is 40, beautiful, rich, spoiled and arrogant beyondmeasure. Selfish, superficial and childless, she steamrolls her waythrough life, leaving in her wake an ever-present aura of repressedrage, pungent dissatisfaction and secret longing. Nothing makes thiswoman happy, including her wealthy but passive husband Tony (BRUCEGREENWOOD), a pharmaceutical kingpin.
Knowing that his wife is bored by their usual exotic vacations, Tonysurprises Amber by taking her and two other couples, Marina (JEANNETRIPPLEHORN) and Michael (DAVID THORNTON), Todd (MICHAEL BEATTIE) andDebi (ELIZABETH BANKS) on a private cruise from Greece to Italy. But asusual, Amber dismisses her husband's pathetic efforts to please herwith a contemptuous snort. Complaining about everything from the sizeof their private jet to their choice of companions, Amber loses it whenshe sees that the sleek yacht she was expecting is actually a convertedGreek fishing boat, complete with a malodorous crew and mosthorrifyingly -- no gym.Forced into an amenities-free vacation of playing cards and relaxing,Amber finds a target for her anger in the ship's first mate, Giuseppe(ADRIANO GIANNINI).
Giuseppe, a strapping young fisherman with a wicked sense of humor anda repressed rage of his own, bitterly resents his American clients andeverything they stand for, especially Amber. Amber senses his rejectionand quickly makes sport of antagonizing him. Challenged by his refusalto cower in her formidable presence, she needles him incessantly,calling him names (Guido, Pepe, Pee pee, etc.), insulting his "fishes"and ridiculing him in front of his crew and the other guests. Unable todefend himself without losing his job, Giuseppe is furious, but is alsoaware of an involuntary and unstoppable attraction toward the miserableAmber.
Hours after her companions have gone exploring the underwater caves oneday, Amber demands that Giuseppe take her to join them despite hiswarnings about the late hour and questionable weather. Before long, theboat's motor fails and they drift helplessly as dusk approaches andAmber's whining reaches an earsplitting crescendo. Two days at sea, athunderstorm and one sardine later they are shipwrecked together on adeserted island. Suddenly, the rules have changed.