I’ve never seen any of Manuel Palacios’ films until now – and if the rest of his films are around the same standard of his 2000 film “Gitano” [Eng. Title: Gypsy], I’d be glad I didn’t. This is an appalling film – with some amateurish direction, screenplay, acting and the rest. Apart from a decent soundtrack, this film has nothing much to offer.
It’s about a turf war between rival gypsy families, with several thin sub-plots. Andrés returns after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. His ‘family’ egg him to avenge their honour. But the peace-loving Andrés is reluctant and wants to sort things out through talks. To complicate things, his wife Lucia has left him to live with a music producer and drug dealer. This is a silly film, so I’m not going to bother with the rest of the details. Rest assured the only reason this film would even vaguely be remembered for is its assorted scenes of nudity.
The first part is of a lonely Andrés getting some much needed company in the form of a prostitute, played by Cristina Peña. The second part has less nudity but is probably the more interesting of the two. Lola, his brother’s wife (and his wife’s sister), confesses that she’d loved him even before he met her sister Lucia. One evening Andrés gets beaten up by the police for paying a visit to Madrid, and Lola tends to his wounds. Pretty Marta Belaustegui plays the Lola character.
In the first part, Andrés’ wife Lucia turns up at his house unexpected. He asks her to leave, but her charms prove irresistible. In the second part Lucia kills her lover and asks Andrés to join her so that they could live a happy life together. When he calls her a whore and tries to leave, she shoots him too. After giving a chase (wounded), he pins her to the ground, when Lucia provocatively opens her dress and asks, “come on, don’t you like this pussy any more?” Laetitia Casta gives a terrible performance as the indifferent slut Lucia.