2 October 2015 | echanove
Surprisingly good portrait of the convulse awakens of a teenager in a convulse time
If you have an average notion of Spanish cinema and you mention Francisco Lara Polop probably come to your mind that kind of low budget and nudity comedies filmed in the time of the transition to democracy, most of all of very bad quality.
Nevertheless, he made some interesting films like "La Patria del Rata", he got an honorific award in Berlin for "El Cabezota" and...also is the director of this surprisingly good movie (!) about the awakens to life of a high- class teenager in Madrid in those 70s, plenty of social critic to the people who ruled Spain then.
¿May be that the reason this movie is not enough known? Starred by french actress Annie Belle, the film deals with drugs (heroin) and some lesbianism, and (what probably is at least as important) with the big hypocrisy of the upper class and even the selfish of the parents of this young lady (Teresa Gimpera and Javier Escrivá), more concerned about the man political career than the health of her daughter.
Im not going to say it is a masterpiece, but almost everything in this film fits very well considering the dramatic story, even the nudity and sex scenes, what is a big difference with the silly films i referred above.
All the cast (that also includes Silvia Tortosa and Virginia Mataix in one her first roles) made a very good job, and the direction is particularly smooth and agile, like an American film.
Very watchable (and not only because the bodies of the various ladies you will see without clothes) for everyone who like dramatics real life stories of all time and that not get old.