Torremolinos 73

Rated NR 2005

An amiable if not exactly novel Spanish farce about an encyclopedia salesman named Alfredo (Javier Cámara) whose bosses suddenly decide that there's money to be made in marketing a "World Encyclopedia of Reproduction" that will include Super-8 films of "Spanish mating rituals." Desperate for money, Alfredo gets his wife Carmen (Candela Pena) to participate in these homemade pornos, which ultimately end up making her a huge sex symbol in Scandinavia. Meanwhile, Alfredo wants to start making more serious films, including a Bergmanesque drama set at the seaside resort of Torremolinos, but finds his wife's newfound "fame" brings all sorts of new complications. Much like the encyclopedia of reproduction, half of the film feels like a slim framework on which to hang lots of sex scenes, while the other half is full of jokes about making movies that are far from original. The movie's set in the '70s, for additional kitsch appeal, and is apparently based on an anecdotal tale that writer-director Pablo Berger heard on a train.

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