Friday, March 4, 2011

Pablo Berger - Torremolinos 73 (2003)

I swear I’m not doing this intentionally, but this is the third movie in a row I’ve watched which is heavily erogenous. In fact, it’s probably the most erogenous of the three considering its plot (based on a true story), which revolves around a poor, average couple awkwardly trying to make amateur porn for “educational” purposes and to earn a lump sum of money in the process. Once again, like Battle in Heaven, there is an abundance of gratuitous hardcore sex scenes and overt nudity throughout. However, unlike Battle in Heaven, it’s a pretty charming and occasionally even humorous film. I would recommend this if the plot sounds appealing to you, but probably not whole-heartedly. It’s a fun movie, the characters are likeable, and is at least somewhat entertaining, but it’s nothing to write home about.


  1. Hello. I'm from Spain. I think thant in this case, The movie has a strong reason for those "gratuitous hardcore sex scenes". It shows the contrast from the catholic morality and repression in times of the dictatorship, and the new era of freedom and sexual rediscovery, specially in the mass culture. From 1970 to 1982 (later years of Franco, first years of democrazy), perhaps later, half of the country was literally mad about sex. Because after that, it was all punishment, sin, family, etc.
    There is a reason in this film for all the sex.

  2. Sorry, I wanted to say "before" instead of "after". False friends.

  3. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't denouncing the film for its sex scenes. If anything I thought they were key to the plot and well done. But you definitely add some insight to the history of your country and this film.