Cultural taboos from patricide to incest are at play, and Spanish director Joaquin Oristrell's
is an absolutely delightful movie — that is, despite those ostensibly distressing subjects — and most of all funny, wonderfully romantic and sexy. The film is a combination of styles and modes, ranging from episodic vignettes to magical realism, with touches of thriller and mystery, comedy and, of course, romance. Even with the burden of subtitles in a film where the repartee comes fast and sharp, the visuals are sumptuous and the actors lovely.
is worth the effort to divide your senses and take in every aspect. If necessary, just see it twice: Read it the first time, watch it the second.
Cast: Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar, Alex Brendemuhl, Mercedes Sampietro, Nuria Prims, Ana Rayo, Juanjo Puigcorbe and Marieta Orozco
Director: Joaquin Oristrell
Screenwriters: Dominic Harari, Joaquin Oristrell and Teresa Pelegri
Producers: Mariela Besuievski, Marta Esteban and Gerardo Herrero
Genre: Romantic comedy/mystery; Spanish-language, subtitled
Rating: R for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material
Running time: 108 min.
Release date: December 29, 2006 SF