Release Date: February 9th, 2007 (Cinema Village) by Regent Releasing.
The Cast: Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar, Alex Brendemühl, Mercedes Sampietro, Núria Prims, Ana Rayo, Juanjo Puigcorbé.
Directed by Joaquín Oristrell.
In Spanish with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: In 1913 Barcelona, Alma (Watling) and Salvador (Tosar), her brother-in-law, investigate the disappearance of León (Brendemühl), her husband.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Very rarely does a period piece come along that has so much off-the-wall, physical humor and manages to be truly suspenseful at the same time. As the film opens, Alma discovers that her husband, León, disappeared and joins her brother-in-law, Salvador, in a quest to find him. León leave behind his thesis on female sexuality, which Salvador considers to be a clue. What follows is a hilarious second act that brings Alma and Salvador closer together while meeting many colorful characters—and crazy characters, too. Unlike many sex comedies that rely on toilet humor, Unconscious mainly resorts to slapstick, dark, and situational humor along with some comedy of error. The third act does have a little perverse humor, though, which might be too offensive for some people. It helps that the screenplay by co-writer/director Joaquín Oristrell has many quotable lines and includes some unexpected plot twists. Just watch what happens when Salvador accidentally hypnotizes himself. The drunken housekeeper (Sampietro) has some laugh-out-loud, memorable scenes. What makes it all work, though, is the energetic performances and great comic timing by each and every actor from start to finish. They all seem to be having a lot of fun acting in this film and so will you while watching them.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: A delightful comic farce. It’ll have you in stitches. The funniest Spanish film since El Crimen Ferpecto.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater.
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