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Queens (2005)

Reinas (original title)
Five mothers cope with the drama that surrounds their gay sons at a mass wedding.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Verónica Forqué ... Nuria
Carmen Maura ... Magda
Marisa Paredes ... Reyes
Mercedes Sampietro ... Helena
Betiana Blum ... Ofelia
Gustavo Salmerón ... Hugo
Unax Ugalde ... Miguel
Hugo Silva ... Jonás
Daniel Hendler ... Óscar
Paco León ... Narciso
Raúl Jiménez ... Rafa
Tito Valverde ... Héctor
Lluís Homar ... Jacinto
Jorge Perugorría ... César
Ginés García Millán ... Néstor
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Storyline

In Spain, a couple of days before a collective gay wedding, the lives of five mothers, whose sons will get married, are entwined: Judge Helena is in charge of the ceremony; the entrepreneur in hotel business Magda is hosting the guests in her hotel and is responsible for the banquet, while facing a strike leaded by her lover and chef; the nymphomaniac Nuria is facing problems due to her disease; the wealthy Reyes is having a crush for the father of her son's mate and her gardener; and the Argentinean cooker Ofelia is facing financial problems and difficulties in with her son's mate. Along three days, they have complicated relationships with their sons and mates, ex-husbands, lovers and employees. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One marriage, six sons, five mothers, and one dog... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | Netherlands | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Queens See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$499,844 (Spain), 8 April 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,494, 27 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,439, 22 October 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Manuel Gómez Pereira wanted four former Pedro Almodóvar "muses" in the cast of "Reinas": Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, Verónica Forqué, and Victoria Abril. When Victoria Abril declined his offer, he had to settle for just three of them. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the train is moving from left to right, in the same scene and seat, then it moves from right to left, and seconds later it moves in a right to left direction again. See more »

Quotes

Nuria: I'm always free, even when I'm married.
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Connections

References Ocean's Eleven (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Ya me siento mejó
Written by Andreas O Lutz, Moi, Alba Molina, Vicky G. Luna & Aurora Power (as Las Niñas)
Performed by Las Niñas
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Gómez Pereira, back to top form
10 April 2005 | by newland80See all my reviews

Manuel Gómez Pereira was one of the finest Spanish directors in the 90's, with such comedies as "Boca a Boca" or "El Amor Perjudica Seriamente la Salud". His latest projects, however, tanked ("Off Key" was a failure both economically and artistically) or simply didn't deliver ("Cosas que Hacen que la Vida Valga la Pena" was plain and average).

"Reinas" is Pereira's return to top form, with a clever and engaging plot which uses the celebration of the first gay wedding in Spain as a macguffin to tell the story of six gay men who are about to marry and their parents, especially their mothers. The film avoids clichés in an intelligent way, so the gay sons are portrayed as people from different social strata and conditions. The actors also avoid the affected mannerisms with which gays are often portrayed in cinema. Special mention to Gustavo Salmerón in a fine performance, although the rest are also very good.

However, the film belongs to the mothers. They are in fact the "queens" the title refers to. Pereira has been lucky enough to assemble a bunch of our greatest actresses: Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, Mercedes Sampietro and Verónica Forqué. Betiana Blum, an unknown Argentinean actress, is, however, the standout with her over-the-top character, Ofelia.

The story is very nice plot-wise and treats gay love stories in the same way it treats straight love stories. The screenplay manages a few laughs from the audience, and it is so action-packed that you never loose your attention from the film. The only flaw I can find is that it ends so abruptly that some of the story lines are left unexplained and some character arcs end up being implausible.

In any case, I found the film highly satisfying and very entertaining, so if you like spending two hours with a good comedy you won't feel disappointed.

Overall rating: 8/10


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