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Kika (1993)

Unrated | | Comedy | 6 May 1994 (USA)
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Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and... See full summary »

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Verónica Forqué ... Kika
Peter Coyote ... Nicholas
Victoria Abril ... Andrea Caracortada
Àlex Casanovas ... Ramón (as Àlex Casanova)
Rossy de Palma ... Juana (as Rossy de Palma)
Santiago Lajusticia Santiago Lajusticia ... Pablo
Anabel Alonso ... Amparo
Bibiana Fernández ... Susana (as Bibí Andersen)
Jesús Bonilla ... Policía
Karra Elejalde ... Policía
Manuel Bandera ... Chico Carretera
Charo López ... Rafaela
Francisca Caballero Francisca Caballero ... Dña. Paquita
Mónica Bardem Mónica Bardem ... Paca
Joaquín Climent ... Asesino
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Storyline

Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and she then moves in with him. They might live happily ever after but first they have to cope with Kika's affair with Nicolas, the suspicious death of Ramon's mother and the intrusive gaze of tabloid-TV star and Ramon's ex-psychologist Andrea Scarface. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кика See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,093,370
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Company Credits

Production Co:

El Deseo, CiBy 2000 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

María Barranco was originally signed to play the role of Kika, but had to drop out due to her pregnancy. See more »

Alternate Versions

The german version of this movie has differences with the original spanish text. The most important one is in that scene at the elevator, when Kika is talking with her friends about Nicolas and Ramon. A friend says: "But you tell us that Nicolas eats your pussy very well" and kika answers: "Ramon also eats my pussy very well". In the german version, the friend says: "But you tell us that Nicolas really knows how to treat a woman" and kika answers: "Also Ramon knows how to treat a woman" See more »

Connections

References Circus of Horrors (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

The Car Lot, the Package
(Suite from "Psycho")
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
Conducted by Tomás Garrido
Arrangement by Juan Carlos Cuello
Mixed by José Vinader
Assisted by Benito Gil and Eduardo Ruiz-Joya
Recorded by José Vinader
Assisted by Benito Gil and Eduardo Ruiz-Joya
Produced by Juanjo Valmorisco
Assisted by Patricia Segovia
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Intersecting Oddities
27 March 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

More of an ensemble comedy than one would expect for a film titled after a single character, 'Kika' focuses on how the lives of several Spaniards intersect, including a widowed author, his jaded son, the son's reporter ex-girlfriend, a porn star, the porn star's lesbian sister and the makeup artist the sister fancies. It takes quite a while for the trajectories of the characters to overlap and 'Kika' seems a little all over the place at first with bizarre seemingly random incidents like a graveyard murder and placing makeup on a sleeping man thought dead. As the movie progresses though, everything fits into place surprisingly well with the highlight being arguably the funniest rape scene ever filmed. While a comical treatment of the subject might sound in bad taste, the media frenzy that the rape causes in the film makes for an excellent satirical target. The film is less about mocking rape and more about public nonchalance towards it. Almodóvar's satire would have, however, benefited from the rape occurring earlier with more focus on the aftermath and Victoria Abril who, dressed in full-body camera-suit (!), films and unthinkingly broadcast it. There is also a great twist with Peter Coyote's character that deserves more screen time rather than being thrown in at the end, but for all its unevenness and roundabout first half hour, 'Kika' is a reasonably involving motion picture at the end of the day.


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