Torremolinos 73 (2005)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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 lucrative product line -- an "audiovisual encyclopedia of human reproduction," consisting of 8 mm movies demonstrating different ways for couples to make love. Don Carlos sets up a meeting between his sales staff and Dennis (Thomas Bo Larsen), a pornographer from Denmark who likes to tell people he once worked with Ingmar Bergman. While most of the salesmen refuse to have anything to do with Don Carlos' new scheme -- especially since pornography is strictly illegal under the Franco regime -- Alfredo grudgingly goes along, and despite initial misgivings Carmen is drafted to star in the first film in the series. As the films become an underground success in Spain and earn a more high-profile reputation in Denmark, Carmen is recognized in public as a glamorous porn star, and Alfredo deludes himself into believing he and Dennis are making art films. But Alfredo's ambitions get the better of him when he begins writing a screenplay for a serious feature film and Carmen becomes increasingly obsessed with having a child. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Torremolinos 73
Torremolinos isn't perfect, but it stands as an amusing entry into the world of art-house cinema.
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.
The narrative eventually runs out of steam. But writer-director Pablo Berger maintains a lighthearted tone.
It works, but just barely (no pun intended, considering all the nudity).
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.
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]
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