Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: El Otro Lado De La Cama
Spain, 2002. Impala, Telecinco, Telespan 2000, Vía Digital. Screenplay by David Serrano. Cinematography by Juan Molina. Produced by Tomas Cimadevilla, Mohamed Khashoggi, Jose Antonio Sainz de Vicuna. Music by Roque Baños, Bernardo Fuster, Luis Mendo. Production Design by Julio Torrecilla. Costume Design by Inma Garcia. Film Editing by Angel Hernandez Zoido. Toronto International Film Festival 2002.
Cute romantic comedy from Spain about two apparently happy couples that switch partners without knowing it. Sonia (Sex and Lucia‘s Paz Vega) and Javier are about to buy a home, but he’s having an affair with Paula, who breaks up with boyfriend Pedro and expects Javier to do the same. Meanwhile, Sonia starts to figure out why Javier has been less than anxious to keep up their sex life and turns her sights to Pedro on a drunken, lonely night. What sets this typical plot apart from most other films of its kind is the odd appearance of pop songs that are performed by the cast members with some colourful choreography backing them up. Most of the songs aren’t particularly good, but their inclusion does give it a new twist in an otherwise mundane experience. Attractive cast, likable characters, nothing you’ll regret once it’s over.