Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Spain/USA, 1996. Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Interscope Communications, Lolafilms, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sociedad General de Televisión, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, David Trueba, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake. Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine. Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huerte. Music by Michel Camilo. Production Design by Juan Botella. Costume Design by Lala Huete. Film Editing by Nena Bernard.
Antonio Banderas plays an art gallery owner who needs to work up the odd scam to keep paintings moving out of his store: he attends funerals and pretends that the dearly departed recently purchased a painting before passing off, and would the survivors now like to pay for it? On one of his missions he meets a beautiful heiress (Melanie Griffith) with whom he runs off and spends endless glorious days basking in rich lust with her. When he meets her sister (Daryl Hannah) he is equally smitten, but how to date two sisters at once? Easy enough, just pretend you have a twin brother! He of course pulls off this new con until he is found out and a choice must be made. Banderas shows off a lot of charming comic expertise in the role, as do both ladies playing his love interests, but director Fernando Trueba has no flair for screwball comedy and the film’s comedic moments mostly fizzle, the end result being unimpressive and unimportant.