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Frankly outrageous, it has the courage to offend, it is not afraid of sex, and it goes over the top in almost every scene.
Roger Ebert

A small, arid town in North-Eastern Spain lies all-but-empty save for two establishments: a Samson men’s briefs factory (its motto: "You've a Samson Inside"), and a brothel that seems as important to the town's economic and emotional health as the factory.

Fiery and beautiful Silvia (Pénelope Cruz) becomes pregnant to Mummy's-boy José Luis, (Jordi Mollà) whose family owns the Samson factory. Silvia's father is long gone and her earthy, soothing mother Carmen runs the town’s bordello. José Luis’s greedy and socially ambitious mother Conchita fears her son will marry the daughter of a prostitute and takes action. She hires sexy, young Raúl, (Javier Bardem) to seduce Silvia. And as it must, everything goes wrong.

Bigas Luna’s modern classic of Spanish cinema catapulted the careers of acting royalty Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, and became seared into cinema history as much for the iconic image of Cruz taking shelter from a storm under a testicle she has ripped from a giant billboard bull, as for rival lovers Bardem and Mollà duking it out with two legs of cured ham in an homage to Goya’s La riña (“Fight with Cudgels”).

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WINNERSilver Lion, Venice Film Festival 1992
WINNERAudience Award for Best Spanish Film, Best Actor, Turia Awards 1993
NOMINATEDBest Film Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, Spanish Academy Awards (Goya) 1993
DirectorBigas Luna
CastPenélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà, Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena
Spain | 1992 | 95 min
Spanish with English subtitles
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