2011, David Trueba, Spain, 104 min.
With José Sacristán, María Valverde
“A vibrant and compelling drama that’s always highly cinematic because Trueba’s primary objective is to make an entertaining movie.”
—Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
Trueba’s tour de force ingeniously uses a sex-farce premise to launch an in-depth exploration of generational shift during the transitional period following Franco’s death. A famous if pompous political columnist (Sacristán) in his 70s meets with a pretty young journalism student (Valverde). She wants to do a story about him; he wants to get her into bed. His clumsy attempts manage to get the two of them locked naked in a small bathroom in the midst of a heat wave. There the two generations confront each other in an exhilarating talkfest (the old man’s aphorisms are especially quoteworthy) that critics have compared to MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and BEFORE SUNRISE. In Spanish with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (MR)