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Novios (1999)

Arturo , a successful restaurateur, having an affair with his assistant Cristal, tells her that he will reveal the extent of their relationship to his wife Paz. Not long after Cristal ... See full summary »


Joaquín Oristrell


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Arturo
Candela Peña ... Cristal
Juan Diego Botto ... Arturito
María Barranco ... Paz
Karra Elejalde ... José
Francisco Boira ... Merlo
Miquel García Borda ... Fermín (as Miquel García)
Jesús Fuente Jesús Fuente ... Fotógrafo
María Alonso María Alonso ... Sonia
Antonio Barroso Antonio Barroso ... Machaca
Andrés Herrera ... Pepe
Roger Delmont ... Rodrigo
Juan Querol Juan Querol ... Migue
Diana Lázaro Diana Lázaro ... Vero
Concha Hidalgo ... Madre Arturo


Arturo , a successful restaurateur, having an affair with his assistant Cristal, tells her that he will reveal the extent of their relationship to his wife Paz. Not long after Cristal starts dreaming of life as a housewife, their plans fall through. In revenge, Cristal focuses on Arturo's son, Arturito. She will endeavor to make Arturito her bridegroom at Arturo's expense, in all senses. Written by GMeleJr

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17 September 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Acceptable comedy in typical Spanish style ; plenty of humor , twists and silly situations
3 May 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Funny yarn full of laughs , entertainment , amusement and ridiculous happenings . This is a special Spanish comedy from the 2000s that contains the usual ingredients such as charming humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there , though the tone of the film is light-hearted . It deals with Arturo (Juanjo Puigcorbe) , a successful restaurateur , he's married to Paz (Maria Barranco) and have a mental-dimmed son named Arturito (Juan Diego Botto) . Meanwhile , Arturo having an affair with his helper Cristal (Candela Peña) who works in his restaurant . All of them become involved into twisted as well as silly relationships , jealousy and betrayals . Cristal attempt to be a bridegroom and marry Arturo , but her plans fall short . As Cristal seduces Arturo's son , Arturito , in all senses . Not long after , at a party , Arturo declares marriage engagement to Cristal and the events go wrong .

It is a crazy Spanish comedy that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some fun and hilarious moments . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , adulteries , jealousy , and erotic scenes as a long love scene between Juanjo Puigcorbe and Maria Barranco . Packed with scenes of absurd nature , this story is an enjoyable farce, as we follow the nutty exploits of a restaurateur , his lover , wife and son . The plot is almost ridiculous and embarrassment but has its sympathetic moments here and there . This agreeable film packs amusement , slapdash , comical situations , tongue-in-cheek , silly comedy including conventional pitfalls and many other things . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly cool . Sympathetic performances from main cast such as Juanjo Puigcorbe as philander husband , Candela Peña as young who starts dreaming of life as a housewife at whatever cost , Maria Barranco as sex-hungry spouse and Juan Diego as naive boy . Support cast is pretty well as Pepo Oliva , Francisco Boira and Karra Erejalde . Spotless pictorial cinematography by Hans Burmann who has photographed great hits such as ¨Open your eyes¨, ¨Tesis¨, ¨Amnesia¨, ¨Guantanamera¨ , ¨The Education of Fairies¨, among others .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Joaquin Oristrell . He is married to actress Carmen Balagué and is considered to be a good writer and filmmaker . Joaquin has directed as well as written nice films . Oristell is expert on filming comedies (Dieta Mediterranea , unconscious , Sin Verguenza , ? De Que Rien Las Mujeres ¿) but being most famous as an original writer (Love causes seriously damage your health , Off Key , Between your legs , Extasis). The flick will appeal to Spanish cinema fonds . Rating : 5,5/10 . Passable and entertaining.

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