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