When a mother disapproves of her son's lover, she hires an underwear model and former bullfighter to seduce her away. Sign In. Comedy Drama Romance. Director Bigas Luna. Top credits Director Bigas Luna. See more at IMDbPro. Photos Top cast Edit.
About the film
It centers on a young woman named Silvia Cruz who becomes pregnant by Jose Luis, the scion of a small but powerful underwear manufacturing empire, and the disastrous fallout of their relationship. The movie engages in word play and puns , and rhapsodises on the juxtaposition of old and new in Spain, as well as many other emotional contrasts such as erotic desire and food. In a small Spanish town on the edge of the Monegros Desert , the beautiful teenager Silvia spends her evenings making potato omelettes to sell at the factory where she works as a seamstress for the Sanson Corporation, a small but powerful mens underwear company that, along with the local Conquistador ham processing plant, serves as one of the two major local employers.
It comes from Spain, land of Luis Bunuel and Pedro Almodovar , and is in their wicked anarchic spirit; it sees sex as a short cut to the ridiculous in human nature. The movie, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, takes place in a steamy little provincial town, where the richest family owns the underwear factory. The most famous local landmark is a billboard of a bull with a pair of cajones you can see for miles. Jose Luis, the son of the underwear people, falls in love with Silvia, the pneumatic and sensuous daughter of Carmen, who runs the local bordello. Jose's rich mother, Conchita, horrified that her son might marry the daughter of a prostitute, decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires Raul, who works in the local ham factory, to seduce Silvia away from Jose Luis. Raul is chosen because he is also the model for the family's underwear ads, and looks promising in briefs. The plot thickens.