16 August 2018 | ma-cortes
Typical sensationalistic Eloy De La Iglesia film with good actors as Simón Andreu and Amparo Muñoz
A bankrupted aristocrat called Leonor Marchioness of Montenegro (Maria Martin) helps Rafael finds a new job in Madrid as the gardener in the mansion of Antonio Fernández Herrador (Simon Andreu) , Minister of Economy who is really immersed in his political career, and his wife Teresa (Amparo Muñoz) . Teresa, sexually frustrated with her careless husband, begins to pay attention to the charming young gardener. As her marriage is going through a rough patch , that's why her negligent hubby is extremely dedicated to his job . The situation become murkier when a leftist terrorist group (led by Enrique San Francisco) contact Rafael and then things go wrong .
This is a provoking story in which politics collide with corruption , forbidden loves , blackmail , treason , violence , military conspiracy , communist infiltrators ,group of extreme leftist and right-wing , and terrorism . Shot when the political events were developed and including apparition of prestigious politicians as Adolfo Suárez's doppelganger ,from the troublesome period when the known ¨Spanish Transition¨ took place . The picture deals with loving triangles , including lesbianism , homosexuality , adultery and when the treasoned husband to be aware , he confronts with his wife and threats of divorce, as the minister reluctantly accepts the situation since otherwise a scandal would ruin his political ambitions . These ingredients are added to an intrigue with terrorist groups , both , right wing and leftist one , as they need his help in order to know the whereabouts of the Minister since they are planning his kidnapping . Simon Andreu gives a fine acting as the minister who neglects his beautiful young wife , while Amparo Muñoz becomes pregnant by her lover , to have an abortion, but she is determined to have the baby. Amparo delivers an average acting , as usual , she starred commercial films as well as serious cinema , such as : Clara es el precio , Dedicatoria and Mamá cumple 100 años . The film was shot between a similar film ¨The deputy¨and his Quinqui movies as ¨El pico¨I , II , Navajeros¨ , in fact , as support cast appears ¨Pirri¨ , an ordinary actor of this kind of cinema .It bears a certain resemblence to ¨Confessions of a Congressman" or "The Deputy" also concerning about sex and politics . Secondary actors are pretty good such as Pedro Armendariz , Pastor Serrador , Julieta Serrano , Antonio Gamero , and Eloy De La Iglesia's ordinary as Enrique San Francisco and ,José Manuel Cervino . Atmospheric musical score by Alfonso Santiesteban and adding songs by Manzanita .
Mujer de Ministro was regularly directed by Eloy De La Iglesia , being written by his habitual writer Gonzalo Goicoechea ,who scripted him 10 films , and it failed at boxoffice , beinggrated ¨S¨. Most his films dealt with sex including shots of nude males , homosexuality , politics , gay underworld and forbidden lovers . De La Iglesia was a notorious communist militant , drug addict and homosexual , these personal characteristics were widely shown in his films . Eloy was a talented Spanish movies director , he began working in cinema in 1966 , at his 22 years old , he debuted in a kiddies production , ¨Fantasy 3¨(66) . Following a sordid melodrama ¨Algo Amargo En La Boca¨ (67) and a boxing story , ¨Cuadrilatero¨(69) . De La Iglesia realizes a lot of thrilling pictures with erotic background as ¨Techo Cristal¨(70) , ¨Nadie Oyó Gritar¨ (72) , ¨Gota Sangre Para Seguir Amando¨ (73) , and scabrous tales as ¨Juegos Amor Prohibido¨(75) , ¨Otra Alcoba¨ (76) . And concerning youthful gay : ¨Placeres Ocultos¨(76) , ¨El Sacerdote¨(78) and politicians : ¨The Deputy ¨, ¨Mujer Del Ministro¨ . Although he became notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy with shocking and polemic films as ¨El Pico 1¨ and 2¨ , ¨Cólegas¨ , ¨Navajeros¨, ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas¨ (87) . All of them dealt with druggies , dope sellers , delinquency , terrorism , underworld suburban and generational problems are the habitual subjects in his films , and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin ; as well as the gay world . Passing of time hasn't had mercy with most of those movies , but they represented a time and a way of life in the history of Spain ; and now they may seem a little bit naive . His last films were an academic rendition based on Henry James' novel : ¨The turn of the screw¨ and ¨Los Novios Búlgaros¨.