Three years have passed and the boys seem to have matured. Javier is going to marry Marta and Pedro is very much in love with his new girlfriend Raquel. Rafa has also found happiness with ... See full summary »
Emilio Martínez Lázaro
Alberto San Juan
Amid the spectacular festivities of Holy Week in Seville, an aspiring novelist stuggles with his work and pays his bills by composing crossword puzzles. A cryptic recording left on his ... See full summary »
El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »
Juan José Ballesta,
Wafer factory-owner P. Tinto and his wife Olivia want a child of their own more than anything else in the world. Years of trying, however, have left them with nothing but a pair of ... See full summary »
Julia finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's house while selling an apartment. She's a 40-ish real estate agent now forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community (of ... See full summary »
Álex de la Iglesia
Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner ... See full summary »
Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Fernando Guillén Cuervo,
Alberto San Juan
When Paula leaves her mate Pedro, he misses her and looks for comfort with his best friends, Javier and Sonia. Paula is having an affair with Javier. The cuckold Pedro tries to find who is the secret lover of Paula, and hires a private eye. Meanwhile, while comforting Pedro, Sonia has one night stand with him and Javier thinks she is cheating him with her lesbian friend Lucia. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Released in the U.S. as: The OTHER SIDE Of The BED. Clearly, those who know Spanish will agree, the International release TITLE outside of the U.S. is a much better rendering: The WRONG SIDE Of The BED! (In BOTH cases, NO definite article would've been better still-The WRONG SIDE Of BED)
The dance numbers in this Spanish Musical(?)had tunes that obviously imitated or, at the very least, were greatly influenced by U.S. Rock n' Roll from the late-50's. Yet, since the dancers and actors were ALL in their 20's/30's and had been exposed to that style of music, at least occasionally, from infancy, they made it seem very much a part of them and not at all foreign. I suppose it really IS very much a part of them; you be the judge of whether that's good or bad!
Musicals are certainly not my favorite genre. WHY the(?)in Spanish musical(?)above? WRONG SIDE starts off with ample dancing and singing in its initial 20/25 minutes. Also, there's enough in the final 20. Not much in between, however, and thus, the(?)!
Initially, I wasn't all that happy with the singing, which, overall, exhibited a semi-pro level, and found the dancing only acceptable. It lacked the millimetric precision and synchronization seen in U.S productions. But you know what? That grew on me! It bestowed a natural air, a certain warmth, to the film, IMO. (So refreshing was this aspect, it added a 1/2* to my rating!)
There's a good share of semi-nudity and some sex in WRONG SIDE, but it is portrayed in an extremely matter-of-fact, mundane fashion that keeps it out of the soft-core category. (I may be getting old, but I'm still a guy, so the female eye candy added another 1/2*!)
Shortcomings? Of course, there were some. Since several scenes and some of the acting were over-the-top, perhaps Emilio Martinez Lazaro's direction was a little heavy-handed. Watch his 8 minute INTRO and let's take up a collection to fix his teeth! 7*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!
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