The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama)

BBB (out of 5) 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,…

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Only Human (Seres Queridos)

BBB (out of 5) A young Jewish girl returns home to Spain and brings her Palestinian fiancé to meet her family. His fears that they won’t accept him become impressively heightened when a minor kitchen mishap results in a terrifying accident that threatens not only his welcome into the family but his relationship with his…

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Intacto

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating, incredibly odd drama about a secret cult that worships chance. After being the lone survivor of a plane crash, a man is recruited into a society whose members believe that good luck is truly contagious. The group’s leader (Eusebio Poncela) is an earthquake survivor who lost his good luck when…

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I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A careless mistake by two airport employees (goofily funny cameos by Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas) results in a flight from Spain to Mexico needing to make an emergency landing when it turns out the gear is jammed.  Now the airplane circles the air above Toledo waiting hours for a free…

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Butterfly (La Lengua de las Mariposas)

BBBB (out of 5) While the Spanish civil war brews in the distance, a young boy growing up in the provinces is inspired by his aging teacher to reach out and grasp an understanding of the world around him. His innocent perceptions of politics, sexuality and nature are widened with each passing opportunity for learning,…

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Mad Love (Juana La Loca)

BBBB (out of 5) This affecting, handsomely mounted period drama delves into the life of Spain’s Queen Joan and wonders about the truth behind her famed insanity. Was she really an emotionally unstable woman, or was her incarceration in her castle a result of political greed on her court’s part? Pilar López de Ayala gives a…

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