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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 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 ... Self
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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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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 »

Connections

References Smut Starts at the Pyrenees (1973) See more »

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Dancing in the Sun
(Un rayo de sol)
Written by Daniel Vangarde (as Vangarde), Claude Carrère and Amado Jaén (as Jaen)
Performed by Doctor Explosion
© Blue Blanc Rouge Editions Soc/Zagora s.a.
Edición autorizada a Ediciones Musicales Clipper's S.L.
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not just funny
27 September 2005 | by RosacruxSee all my reviews

My wife is kinda obsessed with non-American filmography and she insists on watching every non-American movie on a theater near us. Well, I can't say I am a fan of Hollyweird myself - on the contrary - but I like the independents and on occasion I can even rent a blockbuster for a couple of popcorn hours at home.

So, she dragged me (almost literally) to said theater to watch "a Spanish comedy". She's an avid Almodovar fan (I am not) and so gets pretty much excited over Spanish films.

We went into the theater along with 15 (yes, fifteen) other spectators... not much of an atmosphere, huh? I was not fairly predisposed towards the film, to say the least.

After the two hours have passed, though, I was in love with this little gem! Torremolinos '73 is a very smart film, and has lots to give to any open-minded person, especially if said person has a decent knowledge of Bergman's films.

The first part is extremely funny. Especially the scenes with the couple shooting the ...educating movies, are hilarious. Irony is all over the place, subtle references to Frankist Spain are obvious to those who know what they should look about, but everything serves the purpose to have a good laugh, even if you have to actually think about the film to do so.

The second part is not as funny, but I almost wet myself while the aspiring director Bergman-wannabe shoots a number of scenes with his utterly talent-less wife, imitating every last cadre of a Bergman film! To sum this up: If you are not annoyed by ample nudity (I have to say this since IMDb is also accessed by... ahem... cultures not quite fond of nudity), you like witty (the Spanish way) humor and you are a bit of a Bergman-geek (does such an animal even exist???) you are going to adore Torremolinos '73, as I did.

Probably the best comedy (by far...) I watched this summer.


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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:

EUR2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,321, 17 April 2005

Gross USA:

$87,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,416,771
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