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Manuela Burló Moreno
Pilar López de Ayala,
Decent though uneven movie about some Medicine students and their lovely adventures during the sixties
Three young students (Eloy Azorín, Roberto Hoyas , Iñaki Font) are studying Medicine at the University of Cadiz when there are rebellion and protests against the expulsion of notorious professors called Tierno Galvan , Aranguren and Garcia Calvo . Meanwhile , they share a small house along with some call-girls (Emma Suarez , Chusa Barbero) working at a nearby club . The main protagonist protagonist results to be Ramon (Eloy Azorin) , a religious boy who has a pregnant girlfriend (Pilar Lopez Ayala) but falls in love for a showgirl named Vicky (Emma Suarez) .
This is an agreeable as well as uneven comedy in less than 100 minutes of length and yet with an air of naturalness and credibility rarely match . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few embarrassing . It tends to glamorize the 60s with its music , spectacles , parties , dances and youth riot . Here the late 60's seems to be much more amusing and fun than it really happened ; in fact , it was a conservative and repressed society . The flick gives a short description about lives of young people under the focus of three Medicine students . There are brief moments of drama , but predominates comedy and coming-of-age situations , including some love scenes ; above all, the biggest problem with the film is an aimless wandering in its central part that makes the viewer to wander and for a few moments longer interested in a story that does not seem to know where to go until the ending . The main cast is pretty well and support cast is frankly good such as Joaquín Climent as Governor , Ana Wagener as Landlady and special mention to a unknown Luis Tosar as El Bombilla .
Colorful and glowing cinematography by Hans Burmann which heightens the ambiance, being shot on location in Cadiz . Burmann is deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameraman ; Hans has photographed notorious films such as Tesis , Abre Los Ojos , Guantanamera , Paris Tombuctu and various pictures directed by Jaime Chavarri . Evocative as well as emotive musical score by Carles Cases (Dagon , Caricias , Camaron , Año de Diluvio) and with plenty of known songs from the 60s . The motion picture produced and written by Manolo Matji was decently directed Jaime Chavarri , though with no originality . His first professional movie was ¨Los Viajes Escolares¨ (1974), with an autobiographical touch but it was misunderstood by most critics . Later he worked with the producers 'Elías Querejeta' in prestigious documentary titled ¨El Desencanto¨ (1976)) and Alfredo Matas in a successful costumer titled ¨Bearn¨ (1983), adapted from the novel by Llorenç Vilallong a. With the last mentioned film he also had success in terms of the numbers who saw the film . He also directed intense dramas such as ¨Dedicatoria¨ and ¨A un Dios Desconocido¨ . To change the genre he also filmed the musical, ¨Las Cosas del Querer¨ (1989) , being followed by ¨Cosas Del Querer 2¨ (1995) , along with a Tango film as ¨Tangos Are for Two¨ . And adapted from the theatre play by Fernando Fernán Gómez in his most popular film titled ¨Bicicletas Son Para Verano¨ . His last picture was a biography about ¨Camarón¨ (2005) .
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