Virgin Territory is a 2007 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 American
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.
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The film is set in
Florence (Republic of Florence) 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 has died moments
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 or steals
anything that he sees stealable. Count Dzerzhinsky,from the city of
Novgorod Republic now in modern Russia, is Pampinea's
fiancé who she has never met. Their fate intertwines 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 save
her life was to marry him, according to Gerbino himself.
Lorenzo was being chased by Gerbino after he bested him at a gambling
table, then took refuge in a Convent by posing as a "deaf & dumb"
gardener. At this convent, he has sex with all of the horny nuns, but
only until Pampinea's arrival. Pampinea—trying to escape from
Gerbino's grasp—ran to the convent for shelter. There she witnesses
Lorenzo, whom she'd long had feelings for, having sex with the nuns
and get jealous. She blindfolds Lorenzo and kisses him passionately
out of love. But then, out of jealousy, informs the convent's Holy
Mother of his deception, that he is actually neither deaf nor dumb.
The Count arrives in
Florence only to be ambushed by Gerbino's men.
All of his companions are killed, but he survives. Receiving a message
from Pampinea's servant, Count Dzerzhinsky rides to Pampinea's
father's mansion for the wedding, for he has been promised her hand in
marriage. On the way, the young Count meets a skinny dipping
Melissa—Pampinea's best friend, who is on her way to attend the
wedding—and the two subsequently fall in love. The Count is led to
believe Melissa is Pampinea.
Chased out of the convent, Lorenzo follows Pampinea to her father's
mansion. There he confesses to her that he's fallen in love with the
nun who kissed him whilst blindfolded, the woman whose face he never
got to see. 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 is banished to the woods. There he
meets Dzerzhinsky who is on his way to the mansion to be married to
'Pampinea' (actually Melissa) and the two team up to take out
Gerbino's men. Gerbino himself dies falling into a large deep well
inside the mansion.
Pampinea, in love with Lorenzo, refuses to get married to Count
Dzerzhinsky, only to realise moments later that the Count himself is
actually in love with Melissa who has been posing as her. She happily
then runs after Lorenzo and kisses him. Lorenzo realises that she is
in fact the nun he's in love with and they hold their wedding that
very day, with all of their friends attending.
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
Wolfman and the Side-Effects
Wolfman and the Side-Effects — "For Lovers" (featuring Pete Doherty)
Martina Topley-Bird — "Bless You"
Groove Armada — "But I Feel Good"
The Kills — "No Wow (Telephone Radio Germany)"
Basement Jaxx — "Lucky Star" (featuring Dizzee Rascal)
Italian X-Rays — "Art of Joy"
Micah P. Hinson
Micah P. Hinson — "Don't You Forget" (featuring The Gospel of
Blur — "Tender"
Martina Topley-Bird — "Da Da Da Da"
Felix Dzerzhinsky of the Cheka
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Virgin Territory on IMDb
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Films directed by David Leland
Wish You Were Here (1987)
Checking Out (1989)
The Big Man (1990)
The Land Girls
The Land Girls (1998)
Concert for George (2003)