This movie reflects (in an ironic tone) a way of living and thinking of an upper middle class Spanish family few years after dead, in 1975, of dictator Franco.
First of all, sorry for my English, it is my second language. This movie reflects a way of living and thinking of an upper middle class Spanish family few years after dead, in 1975, of dictator Franco. It is a specific Spanish old fashioned style (so called costumbrism) of ironic comedy about realistic people with a lot of satiric moments.
The main topics of this film are: superiority of certain social classes, assuming that laws are not for them; lying and abusing as a way of living; double religious moral and sexual repression; economic intrigues as a way of obtaining personal benefits. In the movie, all those topics happened in a post-dictatorship society, although they are pretty alive in the current democratic societies. What most impacted me is this fact, how much parallelism you can find in current societies.
With the eyes of the current viewer, this movie has two characteristics that complicate the assessment in order to be consider it a good movie: it has very local aspects of the old Spanish society, which maybe misunderstood if you are not a middle-age Spaniard; it has an over-actuation style of characters that belongs to an old school. But if you are interested in those aspects, is it worth watching the movie. It will make you laugh a lot.
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