No Shame (2001)

JOAQUIN ORISTRELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Sin Verguenza

Spain, 2001.  Antena 3 Televisión, Creativos Asociados de Radio y Televisión, Ensueño Films, Tornasol Films, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by , Joaquin Oristrell, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Frothy but inventive Spanish comedy about the petty jealousies, tragedies and triumphs that befall a troupe of acting students when a famous director announces that he will be sitting in on their scene studies before casting his next film. The twist is that the script he is preparing to film is actually based on an affair he had with the students’ teacher (). The actors playing the students (who all look like European Calvin Klein models) each perform a scene from a classic play, and for the most part they all do exceptionally well. The film’s most memorable quality, however, lies in the beautifully comical performance by Spanish bombshell Forque, while  is excellent as the director’s girlfriend, a soap opera actress who wants to break into the big time, and  (Beloved/Friend) is brilliantly funny as a drunk, aging actress who agrees to perform Hamlet with her actual son (“Do you need a psychiatrist?” Forque quips).

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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