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Torremolinos 73 (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 2003 (Spain)
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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.

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Alfredo
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Carmen
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Don Carlos
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Juan Luis
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Magnus
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Vanessa
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José Carlos Romerales
Tom Jacobsen ...
Erik
Mari-Anne Jespersen ...
Frida
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Lauritz
Nuria González ...
Señora de Romerales
Mariví Bilbao ...
Señora de Anasagasti
Germán Montaner ...
Sr. Anasagasti
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Ginecólogo
Máximo Valverde ...
Himself
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Storyline

Alfredo Lopez is a tired encyclopedia salesman, and Carmen is his faithful wife. The lives of this married couple change forever when the Montoya publishing house, in which Alfredo works, makes a proposal to them to make erotic films that will sold in the Scandinavian countries, under the guise of being a false encyclopedia about reproduction. Unknown to them both, Carmen has become an adult film star in the Northern countries, and a Danish crew flies in to help Alfredo make an Ingmar Bergman inspired feature film called "Torremolinos 73." Instead of a career in show business, Carmen is eager to have a baby, and the tension between the artist and his muse grows. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Büyük yönetmen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€218,623 (Spain), 4 May 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,321, 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,385, 25 September 2005
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Alfredo uses a silent Super 8 camera and silent film stock to shoot the movies in his flat, but when we see him watching the results on a projector some days later, the movie has sync sound that was seemingly recorded at the time of the shoot. See more »

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References No desearás al vecino del quinto (1970) See more »

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Carmen
Written by Catalá Yuste / Crespo Molina
Performed by Trebol
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A good script with comedy, drama and Javier Camera.
23 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Spain, 70. "Alfredo Lopez" (Javier Camera), is married to "Carmen" (Candela Peña), hairdresser and faithful wife. When it starts to go wrong his job selling encyclopedias at home, they are presented with the opportunity to make money doing erotic films in Super 8, which is exported to Scandinavia in the form of a false encyclopedia about reproduction in the world. Inspired by true events.

Behind this title hides a story based on real events, with its director Pablo Berger makes her special tribute to cinema, with references to Bergman, the Spanish comedies, even porn. But not only accomplishes that, shows that there are many ways to do comedy without falling into vulgarity.

It is a discrete production, but is saved by a script fresh, intelligent and entertaining, with several very funny scenes. All this is achieved by comedians like Javier Cámara and Candela Peña lesser extent, are the perfect combination to get laughs and tears if they want to.

A very worthy debut that demonstrated how with simple jobs can make a good film.

Ultimately a story well told, with a good script and unpretentious


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