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.

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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 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.
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Javier Cámara
as Alfredo Lopez
Candela Pena
as Carmen Lopez
Juan Diego
as Don Carlos
Fernando Tejero
as Juan Luis
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Critic Reviews for Torremolinos 73

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (21)

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.

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

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
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.

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

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Torremolinos 73


Really good surprise. I found this one interesting to watch. The acting was all good. I agree that it seems like something done in the 70s instead of 2005, but that was probably by design. It was humorous in places and I liked the ending. Nothing too explicit in the sex scenes though.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

My first movie alone with the one I need. So any title involved could easily get a few bonus rate points. But I remain correct about the impression this movie made to me. To be continued... damn time.

Voicu Last
Voicu Last

The movie is a throwback to 70's camp and is probably the funniest movie that I have seen in awhile. The characters are honest, innocent and desperate making them hilarious but sad throughout the entire movie. The plot is racy and somewhat over the top, but finds a way to remain believable, likeable, watchable and very funny. The humor is very dry with just a hint of slapstick.

Courtney Terwilliger
Courtney Terwilliger

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