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Pepe, no me des tormento (1981)

| Comedy
Mario has to write a screenplay for a movie and calls his friend Pepe, a weird collaborator. Mario lives with Bárbara, a divorced American, and his 3 sons, but in his house he can't write. ... See full summary »

Director:

José María Gutiérrez Santos (as José Mª Gutiérrez G. Santos)

Writers:

Manuel Ruiz Castillo, Esmeralda Adam García (as Esmeralda Adam) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Mario
Luis Varela Luis Varela ... Pepe
Cecilia Roth ... Bárbara
Carla Antonelli Carla Antonelli ... Miki (as Carla Antonelly)
José Lifante ... Atracador
Paloma Hurtado Paloma Hurtado ... Maruja
Trini Alonso ... Vecina del apartamento
María Elena Flores ... Vecina del apartamento (as Mª Elena Flores)
Emilio Rodríguez Emilio Rodríguez ... Comisario
María Isbert ... Criada
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Coordinador de modelos
Juan Carlos Isidro Juan Carlos Isidro ... Niño
Guillermo Pedraza Guillermo Pedraza ... Niño
Victoria Lussón Victoria Lussón ... Niña (as Mariví Lusson)
Mery Leyva Mery Leyva ... Clienta banco (as Mari Leiva)
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Mario has to write a screenplay for a movie and calls his friend Pepe, a weird collaborator. Mario lives with Bárbara, a divorced American, and his 3 sons, but in his house he can't write. That's why he decides to go with Pepe to a friend's house to write the screenplay. But there they find a bank thief who knows Pepe from a previous "business". Written by Daniel Romero <aiamano17@yahoo.es>

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Also Known As:

Átame esa mosca por el rabo See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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You Should Be Dancing
(uncredited)
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Vacuous, pretentious and empty...
22 April 2002 | by MRBICKLESee all my reviews

This kind of movies were very popular in Spain during the late 70's and early 80's alongside, of course, the "destape" (the bunch of erotic films that filled completely the theatres). These films were half-comedies, half-dramas, about those who entered the post-Franco period already in their 30's or 40's being completely disillusionated and depressed, because the uncertainty about how their ideals will match with the new times (Constitution, political parties, etc.). They were called in Spain 'progres'.

Yes, the subject is interesting and in fact several filmmakers (like Oscar winner José Luis Garci) made some good films about it, but on the other hand films like PEPE, NO ME DES TORMENTO (Pepe, don't torment me) or TIEMPOS DE CONSTITUCIÓN (1978) chose the wrong side: that of unfunny comedy and lack of seriousness in the treatment of the subject.

The movie is about the problems of Pepe (Gutiérrez Caba) regarding a novel he's writing, his sexual troubles (he's engaged to an american girl (Cecilia Roth), and they're very different between them) and above all that disillusion I've described above. But the film is more like a series of unfunny jokes, weird situations and useless dialogues, very unpleasant if you see the movie as a comedy and very amusing if you see it as a drama.

Summarizing, just another example of a movie that doesn't find its proper genre.

Note: The only positive note about the film is the possibility of seeing an early performance of the great Cecilia Roth. Yes, she's not given too much to do (just getting naked and almost nothing more) but she's always a pleasure to watch.


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