2009 [SPANISH]

Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 5.7 10 1337

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Reviewed by wes-connors 6 / 10

Painting by the Number Three

In 1980s Madrid, art student Biel Duran (as Jaime) wants beautifully scarred Adriana Ugarte (as Maria Jose) to see his etchings, but she is more smitten with tall and shy Nilo Mur (as Marcos). The two young men are buddies, and get Ms. Ugarte to come over and smoke some hash. When it becomes obvious Ugarte and Mr. Mur are mutually attracted, Mr. Duran steps out so they can be alone. He quickly returns, however, because Duran has ulterior motives. You see, Mur is impotent. So, he gets the woman turned on, then cocky Duran arrives to finish the fornication...

Duran and Ugarte copulate successfully while Mur watches. "Girls always prefer him," Duran explains, "I need handsome friends for their scraps." This leads to some questions about credulity, in my mind. The men seem to both be generally attractive guys; however, we are led to believe Duran is the homely companion to Mur the Adonis. Not buying it.

Ugarte is a great beauty, by the way, with mesmerizing nipples. Anyway... the "3Some" continue on in this manner, with Ugarte sometimes reluctant in the early encounters. Eventually, they form a non-bi sex triad. This leads to some inevitable relationship problems, especially as the three can't remain bohemian art students forever... The most interesting story thread is that Mur is more emotionally disturbed than impotent, which helps explain some things. Salvador Garcia Ruiz is a hypnotizing director, taking us along on this tricycle ride, albeit to an anticlimax.

****** Castillos de carton (10/25/09) Salvador Garcia Ruiz ~ Adriana Ugarte, Biel Duran, Nilo Mur, Pepa Pedroche

Reviewed by jotix100 1 / 10

Triple play

Three art students get involved in a web of sex that shows all the markings that it will get badly, as indeed it does. Jaime, a man that shows a sexual drive that exceeds the norm, is interested in bedding Maria Jose, or Jose as she is called. At the same time, Marcos, a shy man, desires her as well. Jaime has a practical solution, why not invite Jose to a visit to his apartment? Marcos is invited as well.

Before Jose realizes what is coming up, Jaime is naked. He convinces Jose to do a number with him while Marcos watches. There is a problem in the equation. While Jaime is oversexed, Jose has a problem with her own frigid nature, in fact, she cannot achieve an orgasm, no matter how much Jaime tries. Marcos, who only watches has his own handicap in that he is impotent, however much he tries to imitate his two friends without success. In spite of his denials, Marcos appears to be a closet homosexual, and perhaps exploring that side of his own personality would bring him some kind of balance.

This Spanish film was shown on a cable channel recently. Directed by Salvador Garcia Ruiz, whose "Mensaka" we did not care for. Supposedly, the source of inspiration for the film came from a novel by Almudena Grandes, which of course, we never read. What seems anachronistic is that the film takes place in the early 1980s when Spain was awakening from the long years of censorship. In a way, it does not make much sense the role of Jose's traditional Spanish parents who, contrary to what is expected, let their daughter stay out without ever questioning her absences.

The nudity in the film gets to the point that serves as a turn off because of being the kind that is in your face and without adding anything to the drama. The lines in Enrique Urbizu's screenplay are not to be believed; it is just plain corny. Mr. Urbizu writes, no doubt relying in the original text, things like "I am love with us" and other such trite maxims.

Nilo Mur, who plays Marcos, is painfully ineffective. Perhaps another actor would have been more effective in reciting the trite dialog he is made to speak. Adriana Ugarte, who was so good in "Cabeza de perro" is a beautiful woman, but her Jose will not add much to her film resume. Biel Duran is more effective, as well as convincing as the decadent Jaime.

Reviewed by tigerfish50 5 / 10

An Implausible Threesome

Two friends, Jaime and Marcos, both studying painting at an art school in Valencia, decide to use a two-pronged hook-up strategy on a female fellow student, Josey. The handsome, sensitive, upper-class Marcos is the bait in their honey-trap, but unfortunately he's impotent - so dogged, workmanlike Jaime steps into the breach when Marcos fails to consummate the seduction. Consequently the trio become an unlikely item, and concoct rules to deal with the lopsided asymmetry of their triangular relationship. Various issues arise, but the group dynamic is kept in balance by Josey's inability to have orgasms within the arrangement, much to the frustration of Jaime who prides himself on his prowess as a sexual swordsman. The three of them engage in a series of shallow, self-important discussions about art, life and love as the affair progresses, but "3some" doesn't convey that the relationship is either credible or valuable, since they keep making big mountains out of small molehills. The film's glibness is exemplified in the sequence where Marcos' longstanding impotence is suddenly and implausibly cured - not in a moment of safety and intimacy - but with a hurried encounter in the bathroom during an awkward visit to Josey's parents' small apartment. The balance shifts after this episode, and fracture lines begin to appear. Unfortunately for "3some", it's hard to believe very much is at stake when the tensions manifest in petulant jealousy, dishonesty and broken rules.

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