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Set in 1973 Spain, a struggling encyclopedia salesman and his wife take advantage of an offer to make adult films. The act turns him into an aspring legit filmmaker and her into an international sex symbol.
In Madrid, the divorced middle-age pianist Sofía discloses to her daughters Elvira, Gimena and Sol on the day of her birthday that she is in love with the talented Czechoslovak pianist Aliska, who is twenty-years younger than she. The bigoted sisters are shocked with the revelation and do not accept the idea that their mother is lesbian. Elvira is an insecure and neurotic young aspirant writer that has a lousy job in a publishing house; Sol is the singer of a rock band; and Gimena is married with a boy and has a troubled marriage with Raúl. When they discover that her mother has lent all her savings to support the education of Aliska, they decide to seduce the girlfriend to make her leave their mother. But when Aliska returns to her country alone and their mother is very depressed, they need to try to revert the situation. Meanwhile the nervous Elvira meets the writer Miguel and has a clumsy relationship with him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This movie was really not that bad. I saw this movie as part of my class for Spanish writing, and I was pleasantly surprised. Unless you're studying Spanish, you'd probably prefer this movie in subtitles, but that's okay. Even though a few things that were said in this movie that were funny flew over my head at times, whether it be that Spanish humor is different than American humor or that I just didn't keep track of all that was said, it was still rather funny.
The basic plot of the movie centers around a woman who is the middle child in a family consisting of a mother, a father, and three daughters, of which she is the middle daughter. The mother and father are divorced, and, as the literal translation of the title implies, the mother became a lesbian and began to live with a woman who is around the age of the woman that the plot centers around. The movie is basically about how this main woman, the middle child, copes with this change in her life, both on a family level and on her relationships with men.
In the aspect about this working-class woman questioning her sexuality, this movie is quite a bit like the recent "Kissing Jessica Stein". The family aspect of the movie is a lot like "Soul Food", although the mother in "Soul Food" wasn't a lesbian. Either way, this movie wasn't a rip-off of either of these movies. The movie was altogether very original, and it had a theme which was very universal. I think that any American that sees this movie will relate to it in some way. It does take place in modern-day Spain, but could easily take place in America or Great Britain, or anywhere else within reason.
There is one other thing. The funniest part of this movie is when the youngest daughter, who is in a rock band, sings a song about her mother being a lesbian. The reaction of her family in the audience is classic. I give this movie a 9/10.
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