Torremolinos 73
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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,"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Torremolinos isn't perfect, but it stands as an amusing entry into the world of art-house cinema."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It works, but just barely (no pun intended, considering all the nudity)."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A bawdy sitcom which careens back and forth between the ridiculous and the sublime."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"The humor is mostly low-key, with writer/director Pablo Berger doing little to draw attention to his film's highly unusual premise."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Far too much of Torremolinos is devoted to Alfredo's dream project, a dingy, black-and-white, Ingmar Bergman-influenced movie in which a woman waltzes with Death."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Pablo Izmirlian, Washington Post
"The film ranges from wacky and hilarious to downright romantic, yet Berger manages to shift tone smoothly and expertly. He's aided by top performances from his leads."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"An amiable, if not exactly novel, Spanish farce"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Shifts in tone but always remains affectingly sweet and human."
‑ Matt McNally,
"The narrative eventually runs out of steam. But writer-director Pablo Berger maintains a lighthearted tone."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Torremolinos 73 goes overboard with the movie within a movie gag."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"...decidedly hit-and-miss affair."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible"
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Deepened by the socioeconomic undercurrent that suggests the lengths to which workers are forced to prostitute themselves to survive corporate downsizing."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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