Writer-director David Trueba's offbeat satire channels RUTHLESS PEOPLE, KING OF COMEDY and SUNSET BOULEVARD for a creepy meditation on celebrities and wannabes.
Carolo Suarez Perales (Pablo Carbonell) dreams of movie stardom and his friend, Benito Canaveras (Santiago Segura), a TV-station gopher, fantasizes about becoming the next Spielberg. Cinematic sex bomb Amanda Castro (Ariadna Gil) is making an appearance, and Benito and Carolo imagine that if they can just get her to read their screenplay, they'll be on their way. But Amanda proves to be a
drug-abusing, foul-mouthed harpy; she nothing like the pliant characters she plays and has no interest in being pitched by unknowns. Though the friends only meant to wine and dine her, they wind up kidnapping Amanda and transporting her to Benito’s family's vacation home. The handcuffed Amanda rants and rails and tries to escape, but her captors are determined to complete their masterpiece with her in the lead, so they dope her with animal tranquilizers and begin shooting. Although Amanda sleepwalks through her role as an actress on the skids, she realizes her best shot at escape lies in cooperation. And to her surprise, the diva feels somehow recharged by this zero budget melodrama. Because a key scene takes place on a crowded street, Amanda finally has an opportunity to make a dash for freedom -- if she runs away, she could press charges. Whatever her decision, will Benito be able to leave his magnum opus unfinished?
The pacing of this subversive comedy may not be to everyone's taste, but it's a monumentally inventive movie about making movies. The film-within-a-film is ingeniously presented, and Trueba's examination of the blind ambition that drives two sad sacks to absurd lengths belongs in the pantheon of cinema absurdity.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Writer-director David Trueba's offbeat satire channels RUTHLESS PEOPLE, KING OF COMEDY and SUNSET BOULEVARD for a creepy meditation on celebrities and wannabes. Carolo Suarez Perales (Pablo Carbonell) dreams of movie stardom and his friend, Benito Canav… (more)