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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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Pablo Berger

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Pablo Berger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Alfredo
Candela Peña ... Carmen
Juan Diego ... Don Carlos
Fernando Tejero ... Juan Luis
Mads Mikkelsen ... Magnus
Malena Alterio ... Vanessa
Ramón Barea ... José Carlos Romerales
Tom Jacobsen Tom Jacobsen ... Erik
Mari-Anne Jespersen Mari-Anne Jespersen ... Frida
Bjarne Henriksen ... Lauritz
Nuria González ... Señora de Romerales
Mariví Bilbao Mariví Bilbao ... Señora de Anasagasti
Germán Montaner Germán Montaner ... Sr. Anasagasti
Jaime Blanch ... Ginecólogo
Máximo Valverde 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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Country:

Spain | Denmark

Language:

Spanish | Danish

Release Date:

30 April 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyük yönetmen See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 Adiós, cigüeña, adiós (1971) See more »

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Mamy Blue
Music by Hubert Giraud
Lyrics by Hubert Giraud
Performed by Pop Tops
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Inspired by Ingmar Bergman!
2 September 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Pablo Berger, the director of "Torremolinos 73", takes us back to the Spain of the seventies when Franco was still around and where he sets the scene for this satire about the clandestine porno industry. Mr. Berger also wrote the screen play, that at times is mildly amusing by the situation he creates. If you haven't seen the movie, please stop reading here.

We first see Alfredo trying to sell books door to door without much success. His boss calls his staff and informs a new revamping in the business. He is going to start a series of experimental films about sex education that will be marketed abroad. The employees are shocked, and only Alfredo and his wife Carmen, and another man, agree to participate. Carmen wants to have children, which seems not to come to her and Alfredo.

Carmen becomes a favorite sight in the Scandinavian countries, and she is even as identified in a department store in Madrid by one of her fans. Since their Scandinavian instructors keep on quoting the great Ingmar Bergman, Alfredo decides to make his own film that parallels "The Seventh Seal". The shooting is in an empty hotel in Torremolinos where Alfredo and his crew are seen filming the movie in the artistic black and white, but suddenly Carlos, the money man, wants a bit of sex in the picture. Alfredo is shocked because since he is not participating, Carmen will have to perform with the leading man! Javier Camera, who was so good in "Talk to Her" plays Alfredo, the book peddler turned porno film director. Candela Peña makes a good suffering Carmen who is lured into the scheme because of necessity. Juan Diego is seen as Alfredo's boss.

The film has a faded look that blends well with the period its trying to reproduce. The film has some funny moments.


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