Torremolinos 73

Director: Pablo Berger

2003. Subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 93 mins.

This excellent retro comedy from writer-director Pablo Berger tells of an unsuccessful encyclopaedia salesman who moves into the lucrative porn filmmaking business. At first Alfredo (Javier Camara from Almodovar’s Talk to Her) and his dowdy wife Carmen (Candela Peña) reluctantly agree to appear in an ‘educational’ sex film for restricted release in the Scandinavian market. The money, together with being recognised by a Swedish porn buff in a supermarket, represent a kind of success for the couple, but they find themselves drifting apart. Carmen is desperate to have a child, but Alfredo has caught the filmmaking bug and writes a script which he intends to direct himself in the style of his hero, Ingmar Bergman. Torremolinos 73 is clever as well as funny, with the clearly gifted Berger managing to tread a fine line between the comic and the serious.

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