Under Madrid's scorching summer sun, ordinary couples with real passion and the unquenchable desire to love and be loved, share the same irrepressible urge to investigate their own sexuality through five intertwined stories.
María and Susana, two rebellious teens spend their summer in a catholic camp. With music as their common denominator, teen rebellion and ecclesiastic order will collide, creating a hymn to freedom and first love.
Ruth is a young researcher in a college. She was asking for three of her ex's weddings. Along the way she is trying to find her soulmate and for a companion to every wedding, she enlists the help of her new fellow assistant.
Through five stories, the movie addresses sex and love: Paco and Ana are a marriage looking for reactivate the passion of their sexual relations, long time unsatisfied; Jose Luis tries to recover the affections of his wife Paloma, sit down on a wheelchair after an accident which has limited her mobility; Mª Candelaria and Antonio are a marriage trying by all way to be parents, but she has the trouble that no get an orgasm when make love with him; Álex try to satisfy Natalia's fantasies, while she starts to doubt if he finally will ask her in marriage; and finally, Sandra is a single woman in a permanent searching for a man to fall in love. All them love, fear, live and explore their diverse sexual paraphilias and the different sides of sexuality, trying to find the road to happiness.Written by
I very rarely write reviews here in IMDb, but for this title I really felt compelled. Hope this is useful for the community.
Kiki is a remake of a comedy released only 2 years before called The Little Death, which was written and directed by Australian Josh Lawson.
I think that remakes are a delicate thing. A director must have a very powerful reason to remake a movie, and to do it "because I liked it and I wanted to do it myself" isn't a good enough reason for me. There are way too many good untold stories to be told to waste money and talent re-telling stories that were told yesterday, just for the sake of it.
The Little Death is an amazing movie. It's light, intelligent, subtle, funny, well written. It's the kind of movie that leaves a smile on your face for a long time. It also has in my opinion one of the funniest scenes on the history of the cinema - and by reading reviews and comments I noticed that this opinion is shared by many people.
Unfortunately Kiki couldn't manage to improve it at all. In fact what it did was to make it vulgar. Kiki is just full of fowl language. The smart dialogues and the innuendo present in the first movie became a stream of f-words, swearing, in-your-face jokes that simply didn't work for me. The movies aren't identical. Kiki does throw some 10-15% of new or original elements into the plot, but these are the weakest parts of the movie. They are not funny or smart, and sometimes they're plain gross.
When I consider what Kiki made with the original movie, I can only feel that The Little Death vs Kiki is like Woody Allen vs. Eddie Murphy. It's Charlie Chaplin vs Charlie Sheen. It's intelligent vs. in-your-face humour. That's what Kiki managed to put on top of Lawson's story. All the cleverness you'll find within Kiki (and I'm not saying there's none) came from Lawson's script. The original elements... they're just weak.
In Kiki the acting is inferior, the way the stories are weaved is much less interesting. The casting is way, way inferior. Lawson managed to create a magic chemistry with his casting that's nowhere to be found in Kiki. Not by a long shot.
Kiki is not a bad movie in itself. And it's very beautiful visually. But when a movie is a remake, comparing it to the original one is something that's unavoidable. And Kiki failed to improve The Little Death in any sense.
My suggestion: if you haven't seen any of them, watch The Little Death first! If you watch Kiki first, it'll ruin the novelty and the joy of watching the - much superior - original title.
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