16 December 2014 | ma-cortes
Fun , amusing and touching comedy about a bunch of losers attempting to find employments
This funny film knows very well inter-cross these two genres , comedy with brief touches of drama, although the most comfortable note in the enjoyable comedy . It turns out to be a crossover between ¨Lunes Al Sol¨ by Fernando Leon Aranoa and ¨Full Monty¨ by Peter Cattaneo . The setting is Madrid and surroundings , home of a massive industry and jobs aplenty. Today with the industry in decline and the works closed down there is widespread unemployment and despair. Three unemployed friends : Amancio (Antonio Molero) , Réfor (Guillermo Toledo) and Felipe (Ernesto Arango) stumble upon a Chippendales-like show that's very popular with the local women and influenced by ¨Full Monty¨ decide to work as gigolos . As they already shared the low-class existence and a rather bleak future but seeing nothing but an opportunity to be rich . Eventually they decide they too would like to give it a go, but they can't dance and aren't what most would call good physical specimens . They have their doubts but are determined to give it a shot . On their way they begin practising for the big work . But these flaccid bodies strive to exude "sexiness," and they turn their struggle into a blue-collared survival reflex, which yields a thin yet agreeable amount of emotional weight. They go to an agency but it results to be an escort service , then they decide to work as male prostitutes .
This is an interesting Dramedy : comedy with brief touches of drama more in less than 90 minutes of length and yet with an air of naturalness and credibility ; though essentially predominates comedy . Including a sour denounce about injustices , regarding unemployment , racism and human exploitation . It is presented as a comedy, but it does have some very moving moments, as it shows the despair and desolation of unemployment . And it subtly displays the economic conditions of Aznar/Zapatero's Spain, where entire industries were shut down, taking jobs and local economies along with them . The picture relies heavily on the unusual relationship between four main characters , though some of the sub-plots needed more fleshing out . Yet the laughs are sprinkled throughout nicely, and even though each man has their own personal fears to overcome, they find strength in each other, which makes the experience all the more fruitful .
It's fun, but no less likable , though some infinite sadness follows the film at times . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few disconcerting . This is a pleasant flick that contains lots of humor , entertainment and amusement as well as thought-provoking issues . The film gives a nice character studio such as Amancio/Antonio Molero who is a depressed young convinced his wife isn't interested in their marriage anymore , as takes place the marital separation and he has to take care of his daddy ; Refor/Guillermo Toledo as a bitter handyman who has impossible dreams and Felipe/Ernesto Arango , who has Hispanic philology degree and falls in love for Angelines (Sonia Jávaga) , Amancio'sister . Special mention to veteran Enriqueta Carballeira as mummy , she gives a phenomenal acting and special appearance by Javivi as an abusive entrepreneur .
The motion picture was professionally directed by Alex o Alejandro Calvo Sotelo , he is a good assistant director such as ¨Fantasmas De Goya¨ , ¨Matame Mucho¨ , ¨Palace¨ , ¨Niño De Luna¨ . He has directed shorts , and movies as this ¨Se Buscan Fullmontis¨ his first film , being followed by ¨El Mundo Alrededor¨ . Rating : Acceptable and passable : 5,5/10 . The picture will appeal to Spanish comedy fans .