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Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 (2005)

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70

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 12

A light tale that's big on heart, this spicy snapshot of domestic sexuality in '70s Spain treats its wacky protagonists with enough gentle humanity to be delightfully entertaining.

71

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6

A light tale that's big on heart, this spicy snapshot of domestic sexuality in '70s Spain treats its wacky protagonists with enough gentle humanity to be delightfully entertaining.

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The sexual revolution meets a bumbling door-to-door salesman and his beautician wife in the form of "educational" sex films in this satiric comedy, set in Spain in 1973. Alfredo Lopez (Javier Cámara) is an encyclopedia salesman whose work has not been going especially well lately, which is worrisome to his wife, Carmen (Candela Peña), who is eager to have a baby. As it happens, encyclopedia sales have been dismal overall, and publisher Don Carlos (Juan Diego) strikes upon an idea for a more

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Art House & International, Comedy

Pablo Berger

Feb 21, 2006

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Torremolinos isn't perfect, but it stands as an amusing entry into the world of art-house cinema.

June 24, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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As a first feature-length effort for Berger, Torremolinos 73 shows promise of a director with a humane touch, with or without the extra skin.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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The narrative eventually runs out of steam. But writer-director Pablo Berger maintains a lighthearted tone.

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It works, but just barely (no pun intended, considering all the nudity).

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A small, honest comedy about passion, movies and love, so human that it leaves a bittersweet aftertaste that may soften the laughter and provoke some reflection.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Torremolinos 73 goes overboard with the movie within a movie gag.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A bawdy sitcom which careens back and forth between the ridiculous and the sublime.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The film ranges from wacky and hilarious to downright romantic, yet Berger manages to shift tone smoothly and expertly. He's aided by top performances from his leads.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...decidedly hit-and-miss affair.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The humor is mostly low-key, with writer/director Pablo Berger doing little to draw attention to his film's highly unusual premise.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

An amiable, if not exactly novel, Spanish farce

June 27, 2005 Full Review
New Times

Deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Far too much of Torremolinos is devoted to Alfredo's dream project, a dingy, black-and-white, Ingmar Bergman-influenced movie in which a woman waltzes with Death.

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Shifts in tone but always remains affectingly sweet and human.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Deepened by the socioeconomic undercurrent that suggests the lengths to which workers are forced to prostitute themselves to survive corporate downsizing.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Torremolinos 73

[font=Century Gothic][color=indigo]"Torremolinos 73" starts out with an unsuccessful encylopedia salesman making the rounds in 1973 Spain.(Well, if somebody showed up on my doorstep with a bust of Francisco Franco, I would slam the door in his face, too.) The company he works for has decided there is more money in making educational sex films for a Scandinavian company. Well, what is a soon-to-be-homeless married couple supposed to do? Oh, and his wife desperately wants to have a baby...[/color][/font]

[font=Century Gothic][color=#4b0082]"Torremolinos 73" is an amusing satire of sexual and social attitudes and filmmaking. There are very good and convincing performances from the two leads.[/color][/font]
April 17, 2005
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