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Just Watch It and Wish American Films Could Be This Real
on January 21, 2004
There's an interesting article in the December issue of the British film magazine Sight and Sound where Brian de Palma, Paul Verhoven and William Friedken are interviewed and they lament the fact that Hollywood (and the indie scene) are afraid to tackle serious adult dramas that frankly deal with sex, sex that isn't just humping and grunting - but wildly enthusiastic sex, sexy games and sexual awakenings.
This Spanish film deals with all these human of all topics in a fascinating way. Oddly, when this film did come to the US it was edited -- take some of that sex out; even though it's in the title.
Paz Vega is the next Spanish Starlet waiting to break into the International Cinema scene. All she needs to do make sure she takes the right film choices, and doesn't date some flavor of the month white dude (i.e. Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz). Her performance as Lucia in this film is startling, surely an Oscar worthy performance that outshines Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning work, and any other female star in the past 5 or 6 years.
The film is beautifully shot and the locations are marvelous.