His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make ... See full summary »
Lorenzo Llobet Gracia
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
María Dolores Pradera,
Isabel de Pomés
Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »
Conrado San Martín,
Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.
A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
While driving on tour late night through a lonely road in the countryside of Spain, the van of the punk band "Killer Barbys" has an accident and breaks down. A creepy old man invites the ... See full summary »
Eighteen-year-old friends Maria (Isana Medel) and Pili (Terele Pavez) decide to take a road trip, which leads them into all sorts of strange fantasies and adventures.
TENEMOS 18 ANOS is going to be best remembered for being Jess Franco's first feature and that alone must be worth celebrating if you're a fan of the Spanish filmmaker. While watching this film I couldn't help but wonder what it must have been like watching this in a theater back when it was released and I'm going to guess that no one who actually saw it would have guessed that the director would go onto make over two hundred films.
This certainly isn't one of the director's best films but I think there are quite a few interesting things that make it worth watching. For starters, there's actually some pretty good comedy here, a genre that the director never did enough of but when he did he proved he could make you laugh. I thought the highlight of the film was a rather long sequence where the two girls are getting taken advantage of by a guy trying to sell them everything they don't really need. This scene really drags out but it's funny and there's a certain comic flow that really works. Another highlight comes during a classroom scene where the two girls discuss some of their peers.
It certainly doesn't hurt that both Medel and Pavez are so good in their roles. There's not a single frame where you don't feel as if you're watching friends going on this wild adventure full of gangsters, suicidal morons and other types. One of the "other" types is a pretty interesting take off on THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Franco fans will certainly enjoy watching this since he never really got to tackle the subject later in his career. TENEMOS 18 ANOS certainly isn't a masterpiece but there are enough quirky and interesting aspects that makes it worth viewing.
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