Golden Balls (1993)

BIGAS LUNA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Original title:  Huevos de Oro

Spain/Italy/France, 1993.  Antena 3 Televisión, Filmauro, Hugo Films S.A., Lolafilms, Lumière, Ovídeo TV S.A..  Screenplay by , Bigas Luna.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The insurmountable problems of the male ego are the main focus of this pedestrian comedy, starring Javier Bardem as a poor young man who is determined to make good in life. He marries rich (to ) in order to finance his goal of building a huge skyscraper (phallic obsession and all) while maintaining a relationship with a sexy dancer on the side. He thinks he’s got it all under control, but eventually his excesses catch up with him and the mean treatment he gives to those closest to him comes right back with catastrophic results. Bardem gives a terrific performance, vibrant and energetic at every turn, not to mention earthy and sexy, but Lunas’ plotting is tiresome and eventually the film wears out its welcome. Its message is a good one, but it’s not all that subtle.

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