When the monks living at a small rural monastery face it being transformed into a hotel due to the lack of income, a newcomer monk convinces them their only chance is teaching them soccer ... See full summary »
Villaviciosa de al Lado is a peaceful town stuck in time, living exclusively off the fame of a 200 year-old spa. City Halls' debts threatens to close the spa and ruin the town. Their salvation comes when Mayor Anselmo and the rest of Councilors, realise they won the Christmas Lottery. Happiness turns to horror when they discover the prize belongs to a serial number distributed by the towns' brothel. The wives become suspicious and husbands fear, after a TV interview with Mari, the brothels' owner, claims the men of the town have won the lottery. Wanting a way to claim the prize and save the town, without suffering the wrath of their respective women, Anselmo, Ricardo, César, Juandi and Paco hatch a plan, to steal the money from the brothel. Meanwhile, Mari tries to reconcile her stranded life and restore the memory of her deceased father, the former Mayor, fired after Mari was pregnant as a teenager.Written by
A big hit on it's home turf there are concerns that this one may not travel - a sex comedy where the people talk dirty but there's no nudity. I hate those.
Plot developments are formula predictable. However the energy, bright colours and expert farceur cast get to be winning. The film's mean spirit proves equal opportunity The African priest manoeuvred onto breaking successive commandments gets more sympathy than the Madrid leftist who dragged his wife out of the big city to the dim backwater.
Plot offers small Spanish town Villaviciosa whose one industry, a run down spa, is failing until a syndicate lottery win offers salvation. Trouble is the husbands bought the ticket in the Club Mementos whore house and their wives will get to know if they claim. Farcical plans to get the cash cumulate in the Good Friday procession of the Holy Virgin.
Best know player in the ensemble is Carmen Machi from a couple of Almodovars and more significantly Álex de la Iglesia's MI GRAN NOCHE and El BAR.
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