Flora Martínez & co in “Canciones de Amor en Lolita’s Club” [2007 Spain]

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When it comes to a Vicente Aranda film, one knows what to expect – his uninhibited characters indulge in different kinds of passion-play despite knowing their consequences. His drama “Canciones de Amor en Lolita’s Club” [Eng. Trans: Love Songs in Lolita’s Club] starts off in a similar fashion but also strays off its narrative midway. Perhaps he was experimenting with some new themes and abandoned them half way – I haven’t read the novel, but from what I see, it carries several half-developed sub-plots, and that time could have been better used to work on the main plot and characters.

Technically, it is as good as can be expected from Sr. Aranda, even if there was nothing too challenging here. The soundtrack is decent, as is the cinematography. But overall, an average film for a fine writer-director.

Raul is a sincere, albeit short-tempered cop who gets suspended for assaulting an important person’s son. He decides to spend his enforced vacation at his dad’s ranch, who’s now married to Olga, a former girlfriend of Raul. He also reluctantly strikes a deal with an informer concerning a human trafficking cartel. At the ranch, he learns that his autistic younger brother Valentín is working as an errand-boy at an upmarket brothel, and that he’s also in love with to one of the prostitutes there. A furious Raul goes looking for Valentín to ‘rescue’ him, but finds him happy as ever with his ‘girlfriend’ Milena, a Colombian prostitute owned by the brothel. He tries to break the pair apart, with little success. He then decides to have sex with her, hoping that would put him off. Tragedy strikes unexpectedly, and Raul ends up taking up his brother’s place.

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The Nudity: Flora Martínez, Daniela Cobo, Yunet Guerra, Carla Sánchez, Belén Fabra, and others

Flora Martínez, Daniela Cobo, Yunet Guerra, Carla Sánchez, Belén Fabra, and others nude in  "Canciones de Amor en Lolita’s Club”.

Flora Martínez, Daniela Cobo, Yunet Guerra, Carla Sánchez, Belén Fabra, and others
in “Canciones de Amor en Lolita’s Club”.

 

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