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Torremolinos 73 – Review
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Torremolinos 73 – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Alfredo (Javier Cámara) is a door-to-door encyclopaedia salesman, and not a very good one. His employers are losing money and he’s first for the chop, until they come up with something else for him to do.

The company decides to switch from encyclopaedias to another learning product – sexual education films for the Swedish market.

The staff protest, but realising it’s that or unemployment, Alfredo decides to give it a go and his wife agrees to support him.

In the conservative Spain of 1973, this isn’t the kind of way middle-class people would have felt comfortable making a living, but they surprise themselves by taking to it and soon, Alfredo sees the porn films as his calling card to make the movie he’s always dreamt of.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

This is a rather surreal film that takes some time to get used to.

But once you get to know the characters, it’s strangely compelling.

The low-key humour becomes infectious as the situations become ever more bizarre.

Cámara, best known to international audiences for his leading roles in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her and Bad Education, turns in another winning performance as the timid, yet determined accidental hero.

It’s not for everyone, but if you like the kind of uncomfortable humour espoused by The Office, it’s worth a look.

Opens in major cities on 24 June 2005

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