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Mouth to Mouth (1995)

Boca a boca (original title)
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For financial reasons an unemployed aspiring actor works for a phone-sex enterprise. One day he receives a call from the mysterious wife of one of his best clients.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Víctor Ventura
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Amanda (as Aitana Sanchez-Gijon)
Josep Maria Flotats Josep Maria Flotats ... Bill / Ricardo
María Barranco ... Angela (as Maria Barranco)
Myriam Mézières Myriam Mézières ... Sheila Crawford
Jordi Bosch Jordi Bosch ... Belvedere
Tres Hanley ... Debra Reynolds (as Trés Hanley)
Alastair Mackenzie ... Oswaldo (as Sam MacKenzie)
Kiti Mánver ... Lucy
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Raúl
Amparo Baró ... Madre de Raúl
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... David
Asunción Balaguer ... Madre de Luci
Germán Cobos ... Padre de Luci
Saturnino García ... Padre de Victor


For financial reasons an unemployed aspiring actor works for a phone-sex enterprise. One day he receives a call from the mysterious wife of one of his best clients. Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Make 'Em Laugh
Music by Nacio Herb Brown. Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Javier Bardem (uncredited)
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An absolute treat -- to the eyes, ears and mouth!
30 October 2004 | by philip-ctSee all my reviews

Take a struggling actor (Javier Bardem downplaying his good looks and normal masculine appeal for a 'nebbische'-looking character) who becomes a phone sex operator (in a wonderfully sleazy phone sex operation), and then becomes involved with a (male) client, pretending to be gay. Add in an excellently created agent, a self-centred director (brilliantly played by Alistair Mackenzie), a love interest or two, lots of fun and laughs. Roller-coaster with the film when it becomes 'dark', becoming and spoofing 'film noir'. All of these 'archetypes' have been set up and spoofed before. And here is a Spanish film which does so, with humour and fun: simultaneously sending up its own industry and that of Hollywood. It's stunning!

This is an inventive, witty, fun film! It's very similar in intent to the recent 'Unconditional Love' aka 'Who killed Victor Fox?' (which cannot be boxed into a specific genre of movie), where the ensemble acting, the lead acting, and quite quirky script work: in a strange way, this is a feel-good movie: one can sense the actors really enjoying themselves. And so does the audience.

It is a film worth seeing; a Spanish spoof of Hollywood, of various film genres (and add in here plot convolutions, homage to other movies (often with a 'twist'), of beginnings and endings (no spoiler here, but in my opinion both beginning and ending are so true to the film's intention)and a fun take on actors and directors.

It's not at all a 'heavy' film. Director Manuel Gomez Pereira has the script nicely sewn up, and his direction (while never heavy handed) is tight, light and snappy. He has a great cast of actors, led by Javier Bardem (who can never really convince one that he is a nerd and unsexy!) and Maria Barranco, who gives a deft performance as female lead.

There are brilliant cameo roles, and some amusing American (language) lines counterpointed with the Spanish dialogue.

This film works! It's an absolute gem, a treat: see it....

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Release Date:

5 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boca a Boca See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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