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Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980)

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (original title)
Pepi is raped by the policeman who catches her growing marijuana in her apartment. She seeks revenge by getting his masochist wife to leave him.

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Pepi
Félix Rotaeta ...
El policía / Su hermano gemelo
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Bom
Eva Siva ...
Luci (Luciana)
Concha Grégori ...
Charito, la vecina de Luci
Kiti Mánver ...
La chica que es modelo y cantante pero no una puta (as Kiti Manver)
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Chica del anuncio 'Bragas Ponte'
Julieta Serrano ...
Mujer vestida como Escarlata O'Hara
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ...
Mujer barbuda
José Luis Aguirre
Carlos Tristancho ...
Toni
Eusebio Lázaro ...
Representante
Fabio McNamara ...
Roxy
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Nuria (as Assumpta Rodes)
Blanca Sánchez
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Almodovar's first film of life in Madrid during the punk era and not one for the squeamish. He covers everything from drugs and sexual violence, to female masochism. Written by Stuart Jackson <sjackson@yarrow.wt.com.au>

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Almodóvar's films
16 November 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The first feature film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is controversial and shocking, especially the time it was made (although not that shocking in Spain), but also very funny. Basically it is a movie about nothing, although it shows a pop-culture that Almodóvar inhabited.

We see how Pepi (Carmen Maura) is raped by a policeman (Félix Rotaeta) after she offers sex, although tries to back out, so he would not report her illegal cannabis plants. Pepi seeks revenge and she lets her friends beat the guy up. It seems they have beaten his twin brother so Pepi must come up with another plan. She tries this through the policeman's wife named Luci (Eva Siva) who turns out to be a masochist, perfect for Pepi's friend Bom (Olvido Gara) who likes to disparage her.

A film about nothing really, like I said. There are some nice little jokes here, sometimes because they are quite unexpected and therefore shocking. When Luci turns out to be what she is it is Bom who pees all over her; Luci likes it a lot. May be it is shocking, it is pretty funny too. There are more gags like this. One of the best moments is when Pepi has to make her own money, her father has cut her off, and she has an idea of producing menstruating dolls.

Filled with things like this, a sloppy editing and a cinematography that is as good as any amateur would do it can not prevent that this film is simply entertaining. It is not too long and therefore we can finish it. Still, I would start with another Almodóvar film, then see this only as an interesting debut.


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