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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Chef’s Special (Fuera De Carta)

BBB (out of 5) Another in a long line of breezy Spanish comedies that gets plenty of points for entertaining its viewers without providing anything original. Essentially a gay Mostly Martha, it focuses on a curmudgeon of a chef (Javier Cámara) whose Maitre D’ (Lola Dueñas) is also his lovelorn best friend and roommate. She…

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Alatriste

BB (out of 5) The most ambitious project ever attempted in the Spanish film industry, this epic is an incomprehensible mess adapted from five novels by Arturo Perez-Reverte.  Viggo Mortensen gives a monotonous performance as the title character, a 17th-century soldier turned mercenary who, as a sword for hire, becomes unwittingly involved in the intrigues…

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Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo)

BBB (out of 5) Julio Medem follows Lovers Of The Arctic Circle with another romance that deals with fate and destiny in the lives of los amantes. After a man has a brief fling with a woman (Najwa Nimri) on a beautiful resort island, he returns to his city life unaware that she gave birth…

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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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Paris, Je T’Aime

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Every heart is beating in sync in the City of Lights (and Lovers) in this wonder of a film. Producers Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy invited 21 directors from around the world to create a 5-minute film about love set in Paris, each one taking place in a different neighbourhood, and…

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Bad Education (La Mala Educacion)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) When Ignacio (Gael Garcia Bernal) shows up at the production office of filmmaker and old friend Enrique (Fele Martínez), he brings with him a script based on their childhood together in a strict Catholic school, complete with sexually abusive priest and their own love affair.  He also opens a floodgate of…

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Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella)

BBBBB (out of 5) Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a nurse who is deeply obsessed with comatose Alicia (Leonor Watling), whom he takes care of at the hospital where he works. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is in love with Lidia (Rosario Flores), a bullfighter who has just fallen into a coma herself after a terrible accident in…

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