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Enjoyable thriller filled with intrigue , suspense , brief touches of humor , cynical elements and strange events
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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