The Ugliest Woman in the World (1999)
"La mujer más fea del mundo" (original title)

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2012 Madrid DF. Lola Otero, the ugliest woman in the world, suffers the cruelty of the people until at 18 a surgery transforms her into a beauty. When the mutilated corpse of an old woman is discovered, it seems Lola as suspicious.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Otero
Teniente Arribas
Sargento Pelayo
Héctor Alterio ...
Dr. Werner
Alberto San Juan ...
Luis Casanova
Guillermo Toledo ...
David Pinilla ...
Pablo Pinedo ...
Saturnino García ...
El forense
Carlos Lucas ...
Ayudante del forense
Penélope Velasco ...
Cuca Maragato
Ramón Barea ...
Sr. Otero
Lourdes Bartolomé ...
La enfermera (the nurse)
Alicia Agut ...
La monjita (the nun)


2012 Madrid DF. Lola Otero, the ugliest woman in the world, suffers the cruelty of the people until at 18 a surgery transforms her into a beauty. When the mutilated corpse of an old woman is discovered, it seems Lola as suspicious.

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Enjoyable thriller filled with intrigue , suspense , brief touches of humor , cynical elements and strange events
21 October 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

2010 , in the Spanish Federal Republic , Lola is a little girl who was left in an orphanage ruled by nuns because she was "the ugliest woman in the world" ; many years later , a professor of university and plastic surgeon (Héctor Alterio) undergoes a surgical operation at the operating theatre , she then becomes "the most beautiful woman in the world" . Lola Otero (Elia Galera) takes part at Miss Spain contest , as Miss Cantabria , and she begins to kill all the former Miss Spain . Meanwhile , Police lieutenant Arribas (Roberto Alvarez) and his motley brigade of Inspectors (Javivi ,Enrique Villén , Guillermo Toledo , David Pinilla , Pablo Pinedo) start investigating the weird murders committed by "The Ugliest Woman in the World" angry with the beauty .

This interesting film packs colorful images , thrills , suspense , twists and turns . This is a thriller but also contains some touches of humor and irony , especially at the role performed by Javivi as a stuttering police . The film title ¨La Mujer Más Fea Del Mundo¨ or "The Ugliest Woman in the World" results to be a nemesis title to ¨La Mujer Mas Bella Del Mundo¨ , a picture (1955) starred by Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio Gassman . The film deals with an ugly girl who thanks to a surgeon becomes into a gorgeous woman and subsequently seeks vengeance against his previous unfair people . There takes place a cat-and-mouse game between the beautiful Lola Otero and an intelligent police inspector well played by Roberto Alvarez who bears a dark secret ; it is full of plot twists and extraordinary surprises . The twisted story is carried out in similar style to other films realized by offbeat director Alex De La Iglesia . It is developed in some flashbacks from her childhood , killing spree , until the final big spectacle when happens the breathtaking as well as brilliant Miss Spain contest . Very good support cast , plenty of familiar faces such as Héctor Alterio , Alberto San Juan , Javier Albala , Enrique Villen , Guillermo Toledo , David Pinilla , Pablo Pinedo , Anabel Alonso , Maria Isbert , Javier Gurruchaga , Manuel Manquiña , Manuel Moron , Inma Del Moral , Francisco Maestre , Javier Albala , Saturnino García and many others .

Atmospheric and thrilling musical score by Juam Bardem (Proximo Oriente , Al Sur Granada , Incautos , Coraje) . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Nestor Calvo (Atomica , Lobo , Nos Miran , Lobos De Washington , Años Barbaros , Miguel and William) , showing splendidly a future though nearby Spanish world , he photographs almost perfectly the elements of each shot , every sequence, every space . The motion picture was well directed by Miguel Bardem who belongs a notorious actors family , as is son of director Juan Antonio Bardem , aunt is Pilar Bardem ,cousin of Carlos Bardem , Mónica Bardem and Javier Bardem. He has directed some entertaining films as comedy such as ¨Twelfth night¨ or ¨Noche De Reyes¨, Mas Amor Que Frenesi , ¨Mortadelo and Filemon , mission : save the planet¨ , suspense such as ¨The ugliest girl in the world¨ and ¨Incautos¨ at his best and the latter result to be his most successful pictures . Bardem , nowadays only directs good TV movies such as ¨Prim , Asesinato De Calle Turco¨, ¨Hospital Central¨, ¨Angel or Demonio¨, ¨Asesinato Carrero Blanco¨ and ¨Misterios De Laura¨.

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