The most popular soft porn film of all time and a breakout box-office hit around the world, Emmanuelle stars Sylvia Kristel (Mata Hari) as the eponymous heroine who is sexually awakened through a series of erotic adventures. Newly married, young, beautiful and naive Emmanuelle travels to Bangkok to join her older diplomatic husband Jean (Daniel Sarky, Vivre Libre Ou Mourir).
On the plane, which takes off from Paris, she gets a taste of the erotic joys waiting for her in Asia. In Bangkok, the capital of the senses, with the encouragement of her husband, Emmanuelle abandons sentimental love to find fulfilment in her pleasures, first with young girl Marie-Ange (Christine Boisson, The Truth About Charlie), then with new lover Mario (Alain Cuny, La Dolce Vita) . Emmanuelle revels in this new-found pleasure so much so that excess becomes the word of the hour, especially when Jean goes away on a business trip and leaves Emmanuelle alone in the hands of Mario.
Adapted from Emmanuelle Arsan's famous novel, sensitively directed by Just Jaekin (The Story of O), and lushly photographed on location in Thailand Emmanuelle is an erotic tale for men and women alike to enjoy.
Emmanuelle lives out her fantasies in the arms of both her husband and her lover, Christopher. She goes on to initiate the young Anna-Maria into the pleasures and subtleties of carnal love.