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Jamón, Jamón (1992)

Jamón Jamón (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1994 (USA)
When a mother disapproves of her daughter's lover, she hires an underwear model and former bullfighter to seduce her daughter.

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Bigas Luna
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefania Sandrelli ... Propietaria fabrica ropa
Anna Galiena ... Prostituta
Juan Diego ... El padre
Penélope Cruz ... Silvia
Javier Bardem ... Raul
Jordi Mollà ... El novio de Silvia (as Jordi Molla)
Tomás Martín Tomás Martín ... Amigo Raúl (as Tomás Penco)
Armando del Río ... Amigo José Luis
Diana Sassen Diana Sassen ... Amiga Silvia
Chema Mazo Chema Mazo ... Padre de Silvia
Isabel de Castro Oros Isabel de Castro Oros ... Hermana Silvia
Nazaret Callao Nazaret Callao ... Hermana Silvia
Marianne Hermitte Marianne Hermitte ... La chica del perro en el puticlub
Nadia Godoy Nadia Godoy ... La que canta en el puticlub
María Reniu María Reniu ... Chica en puticlub
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Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia falls pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose Luis' mother is determined to break her son's engagement to a girl from a lower-class family, and hires Raul, a potential underwear model and would-be bullfighter to seduce Sylvia. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Winner of the Silver Lion Award Venice Film Festival See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Ham and Passion See more »

Filming Locations:

Fraga, Huesca, Aragón, Spain See more »

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$938,473
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Bigas Luna's "Iberian Trilogy" also including Huevos de oro and La teta y la luna. See more »

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Stefania Sandrelli - la madre puta; Anna Galiena - la puta madre; Penélope Cruz - la hija de puta See more »

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El perfume del ajo
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A Very Dark but Enormously Successful Unique Film
6 November 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

'Jamón, jamón' is a tremendously creative movie by director José Juan Bigas Luna and his writing partner Cuca Canals (Son de mar, Volavérunt, Bámbola, Lumière et compagnie, La Teta y la luna, and Huevos de oro), a film that is a dark comedy but not in the ho-ho manner: the comedy is the human comedy and watching it evolve may at times make the viewer avert the eyes because of its truthfulness.

Silvia (a very young Penélope Cruz) lives with her prostitute mother (Stefania Sandrelli) in a truck stop bordello, obviously in the lower caste of society. Silvia works in the Under Wear factory owned by the parents (Anna Galiena and Juan Diego) of Penelope's boyfriend José Luis (Jordi Molla). Penelope is pregnant by José Luis but of course this low class association will never do to his mother so she sets about to distract Silvia from José Luis's attentions. Enter a ham seller and wannabe bullfighter Raúl (the very buff and hunky young Javier Bardem) who is a macho as they come (a night scene where Raúl and his handsome friend played by Tomás Martín fight a bull in the nude is the pinnacle of machismo!) whom the mother hires to distract Silvia. But the plot thickens when the intended coupling becomes crazily rearranged (Raúl has sex with José Luis's mother, José Luis seeks out the corporal companionship of Silvia's prostitute mother, José Luis's father grasps for Silvia, etc) until the sextet comes to a strange ending on the twilight plains of Spain.

This color-saturated movie by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine is a visual delight and the accompanying musical score by Nicola Piovani adds just the right amount of spice. But it is the extraordinary acting of the young actors who were to become international stars - Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Jordi Mollà - that bring the excitement and aura of sensuality to this very controversial film. José Juan Bigas Luna is a terrific combination of Dalí, Almodóvar, Cocteau, and Buñuel, but he carries his dark comedic sense into the critical eye of the human microscope. The film is a delight and a joy to see, if only to watch the three big names at their early stages! Grady Harp


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