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Gerardo Vera directs this romantic drama about self-destructive love and sexual confusion. Alberto (Jordi Molla) is a respected aeronautical engineer married to artist Elena (Ariadna Gil) and has a son. Yet Alberto soon finds himself seduced by the wiles of hunky orthopedic surgeon Diego (Javier Bardem). Alberto admits to being unfaithful to his wife -- after she confronts him with incriminating evidence -- but he does not reveal that he cheated on her with a man. Seeking revenge, Elena goes out and sleeps with ...
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Gerardo Vera directs this romantic drama about self-destructive love and sexual confusion. Alberto (Jordi Molla) is a respected aeronautical engineer married to artist Elena (Ariadna Gil) and has a son. Yet Alberto soon finds himself seduced by the wiles of hunky orthopedic surgeon Diego (Javier Bardem). Alberto admits to being unfaithful to his wife -- after she confronts him with incriminating evidence -- but he does not reveal that he cheated on her with a man. Seeking revenge, Elena goes out and sleeps with her co-worker Rafa (Javier Albala). Later, though Elena tries to welcome her errant husband back, he continues to shuttle between her and his gay lover. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • UPC: 717119872342
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: New Yorker Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Javier Bardem Diego
Jordi Mollà Alberto
Ariadna Gil Elena
Cecilia Roth Eva
Javier Albala Rafa
Mercedes Sampietro Elena's Mother
Technical Credits
Gerardo Vera Director
Ana Alvar González Art Director
Roque Banos Score Composer
Andrés Vicente Gómez Producer
Antonio Rodriguez Sound/Sound Designer
Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde Screenwriter
Nicholas Wentworth Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Opening Credits [2:28]
3. Hotel Florida [6:41]
4. Thoughts At A Club [3:53]
5. Diego [:54]
6. More News [3:53]
7. I'm Going to Love You for A Long Time [12:34]
8. Eva [8:02]
9. Playing Games [5:03]
10. The Bitter Truth [6:35]
11. The O.R. [2:04]
12. Leaving Home [8:00]
13. The Gift [5:34]
14. A Proposition [5:01]
15. Fixing Things [4:44]
16. Adrian's Birthday [3:11]
17. I'll Buy Dinner [4:58]
18. No More Lies [4:38]
19. The Tragedy [1:54]
20. Elena and Diego [6:50]
21. Closing Credits [2:47]
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      Theatrical Trailer
      Photo Gallery
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   New York Video Label: Previews
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This particular movie is a good piece of art so worth to watch

    A classic triangle movie with a married couple and a male lover in-between, only this time it's not the wife but the husband who's cheating with another man. Some of the scenes made me cringed but I quickly got back into it. Though, it is a bit TV plot based on a true story, and it has rarely been seen on cinema, doesn't necessarily mean that it cannot be done. In fact, the quality that makes this particular movie a good piece of art and so worth watch it, is that it's portrayed as an archetype of a modern life situation that happen to occur more often than one could suspect. The husband's unwillingness and incapableness to find his true nature, constantly lying to his wife and his lover, has driven those last characters to despair in understanding and helping the man they love but who they don't know. The wife, never suspected that her lack of involvement in their relationship could endanger her marriage at the point of seeing her husband seeking for an affair. As for the gay lover, the fact that his present companion has afraid to be seen in public with him, like two lovers rather than two friends, hurts him badly because he accepts his own nature. The intriguing excuses of Alberto, the husband, makes them reacting towards him trying to solve the puzzle that he consists, when the easy way out of the situation is right near them (like when the wife cannot enjoy being with another man when she has the opportunity or the lover won't accept his female colleague to help getting over him). Three persons portrayed in their interior (the opening credits with the x-rays is one of the most beautiful openings I've seen lately) with their emotions thickening as the film passes. The players of this movie are excellent, particularly Ariadna Gil, the wife. What disappointed me were the last fifteen minutes in which seems that the writer and director of this movie were replaced by others who didn't know what was done before, leaving the ending so pathetic and inconclusive. I had read that this film has caused a lot of controversy in its native Spain. It is establishing a trend in Spanish films exploiting gay themes by casting some of the country's most popular male stars as lovers to lure viewers, therefore appealing to voyeurism. This "gayploitation" has been going on for over a decade in Spanish cinema. In fact, it's hard to name an established Spanish actor who hasn't appeared in at least one gay role. However, in most cases, these roles or their sexuality have been secondary. Whether this film is voyeuristic or not is certainly up to the viewer to decide. Still, it is good to watch it.

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