Sexually explicit and packed with unforgettable images…Luna's work easily equals that of the better known Pedro Almodóvar in the kitsch-and-think drama department.
The second film in the Iberian Trilogy after Jamón, Jamón (1992) comes a razor-sharp sexual satire from Bigas Luna.
Benito González (Javier Bardem) is a macho construction worker in Benidorm and has three passions: fried eggs, building skyscrapers and having sex. He dreams big, he dreams of erecting the tallest skyscraper in the region. He marries Marta (Maria de Medeiros, Pulp Fiction 1994), the educated daughter of a banker whose money Benito needs. It seems that all his dreams could come true, especially when he's able to see his former girlfriend on the side; Claudia (Maribel Verdú, also in this year’s No Filter), a model who wants to be a star. But can his force of personality – his huevos de oro – compensate for shoddy building materials, no permits, and undercapitalization?
Also featuring Benicio del Toro, Golden Balls is a provocative dip into the playful dynamics of sexual power play. Bigas Luna mixes admiration for this full-blooded fool with a rueful warning about the dangers of machismo.