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  • Actors: Javier Cámara, Candela Peña, Juan Diego, Fernando Tejero, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Pablo Berger
  • Writers: Pablo Berger
  • Producers: Pablo Berger, Beatriz Delgado, Bo Ehrhardt, José Herrero de Egaña, Lars Bredo Rahbek
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AAEIXA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Biographies, Deleted Scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Music Video, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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,' consisting of 8 mm movies demonstrating different ways for couples to make love. Don Carlos sets up a meeting between his sales staff and Dennis (Thomas Bo Larsen), a pornographer from Denmark who likes to tell people he once worked with Ingmar Bergman. While most of the salesmen refuse to have anything to do with Don Carlos' new scheme -- especially since pornography is strictly illegal under the Franco regime -- Alfredo grudgingly goes along, and despite his misgivings Carmen is drafted to star in the first film in the series. As the films become an underground success in Spain and earns a more high-profile reputation in Denmark, Carmen is recognized in public as a glamorous porn star, and Alfredo deludes himself into believing he and Dennis are making art films. But Alfredo's ambitions get the better of him when he begins writing a screenplay for a serious feature film and...Torremolinos 73

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on March 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Pablo Berger's debut feature film, Torremolinos 73, is something of a curiosity, combining Spanish with Scandinavian sensibilities. Set in Franco's Spain of the early `70s, the plot revolves around an unexceptional couple Alfredo (Javier Camara, Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)) and Carmen Lopez (Candela Pena, All About My Mother). Alfredo is an door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, but isn't selling much of anything. Since he is paid on commission, he is behind on his bills and can't afford the child that his wife Carmen wants so desperately. When he is summoned to the boss's office, he fears the worst, but instead is invited with his wife to the company's first off-site conference. The theme of the conference is something of a shock. The boss is collaborating with a Danish company which is publishing a video encyclopedia of the mating habits of the world. The initial volumes have been huge sellers. Alfredo's boss gives his few remaining salesmen a choice: they can become unemployed, or they can film themselves having sex with their wives for the Spanish volume of the encyclopedia. Since there is a large cash payment for each completed film, plus commissions on sales, they go for it.

Carmen is very shy at first, but gradually warms to performing for the camera, and Alfredo becomes hooked on directing. When Carmen is accosted by a Danish tourist with a camera in a department store, the couple learns that she has become a famous porn star in Denmark. Alfredo then begins to fancy himself a real filmmaker, but not of porn loops. He hopes to emulate his idol, Ingmar Bergman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helloearl on March 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Set in early 1970s Spain, this buoyantly wry film begins with doors closing in paradise, proceeds to matters of the flesh, and culminates in a deal with the devil. Then, heretically, tops the whole thing off with proof of a living, breathing, man-made golden miracle.

The paradise is the MY PARADISE Apartments where, as the film opens, door after door is being shut in the face of a bowed but stoically undaunted encyclopedia salesman named Alfredo Lopez (Camara). He owes three months rent, his wife Carmen (Pena) is nagging him about having a baby and he's about to be fired after 15 years on the job. What to do? His boss, the diabolical Don Carlos of Montoya Publishers, seems to know. He suggests that Alfredo and Carmen make educational films about "Spanish reproductive customs" for a Swedish-Spanish business collaboration of his called THE WORLD AUDIOVISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REPRODUCTION. A former assistant of Ingmar Bergman is on had to show Alfredo how to make them.

The plot thickens when Alfredo proves such a quick study that he's awarded Bergman's bull horn. With that and Don Carlos' commission in hand, Alfredo and Carmen set to work and in almost no time at all a new, and extremely lucrative, door opens up for the Lopez family.

There is nothing to dislike about this movie as scene after delightful scene is filled with interesting characters, compelling images, wry humor, pleasant surprise, bitter truth and the beautiful naked body of Carmen. Small wonder then at what happens when Alfredo is ushered into the room of a fertility clinic and asked to make a donation. Though the walls are covered with photographs of attractive, but clothed, women he still finds himself, well, uninspired.
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It's hard not to love the idea behind 2003's "Torremolinos 73." This lightweight Spanish concoction pokes fun at both the amateur adult film market and at the pretensions of Ingmar Bergman imitators. As a film lover, this seemed a match made in heaven--and while I liked the movie, it lacked an outrageousness (for me) that would have made it a true classic. While fun and amusing, I rarely found myself laughing out loud. I wanted to push things a bit further. The film asks you to identify with its lead couple without really getting too close to them and that was a bit of a disconnect as there was a serious side lurking under the comedy. Still, when the amateurs start to work on their masterpiece, it's a delightful rip off of Bergman's legacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annie marshall on February 23, 2013
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Sweet take on the perils of enthusiasm. Funny performances all round, Wry humour and an underlying kindliness. And the clash of cultures is nicely understated.
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This is a film in Spanish with English subtitles, which Mads Mikkelsen filmed very early in his career. It was one of his beginning roles in films, and he appears about 40 minutes into the film. He does, however, have a key role. This is a very funny film, but not to be watched by children. It was made in Spain, I believe, and had very little success there. The film was a huge success in Scandinavia.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hunter on October 12, 2011
Format: DVD
Another bleak urban scene to open matters; bleaker still because he is selling encyclopaedias of the History of Spain (with the inducement of a free statuette), door-to-door, in an apartment block of many. There is no working lift so he climbs many floors, lugging his wares. He returns to his own apartment, soaked by the rain, is confronted by his landlady; his rent is three months in arrears. It's misery. He enters his apartment and another dimension to his existence presents itself.

Sales are plummeting for encyclopaedias. In Scandinavia, sales are rocketing for An Audio-visual Encyclopaedia of Human Reproduction. The company owner wants to make a Spanish version. Employees are asked to volunteer with their wives to demonstrate the reproductive process. Our salesman volunteers and does so for his wife as well.

The source of the movie's title is revealed in a very funny sequence, where he is having to produce an ejaculation for a sperm count. It is touching on various levels.

The film proceeds, as a film within a film. The climax is intensely emotional, on two counts.

This is a touching and loving film, with humour and pathos.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years
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