Paz Vega & Natalia Verbeke in “El Otro Lado de la Cama” [2002 Spain]

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Emilio Martínez Lázaro made this comedy-musical, “El Otro Lado de la Cama” [Eng. Title: The Other Side of the Bed] in 2002, and following its success at the box office, he also went on to do a sequel with the same male leads.

Even if this is just an average film, meant for easy viewing, technically and aesthetically it is very well made, and thanks to the two lovely leading ladies, Paz Vega and Natalia Verbeke, eminently watch-able, enough to even justify my DVD purchase. Natalia particularly is so cute, funny and ridiculously sexy in the film, she lights up every scene she’s in.

Now for the story. Paula, Pedro’s partner of three years breaks up with him by confessing that she’s now in love with another man. A shocked Pedro pours his heart out to his best friends, a couple, Javier and Sonia. Sonia visits Pedro one day to comfort him, and they both end up in bed – they however decide to keep their new relationship secret. Thanks to a private investigator, Pedro soon discovers that Paula’s new boyfriend is none other than Javier, his best friend. Sonia and Paula eventually move back to their respective partners, but continue having fun with the other guy now and again – the guys also tolerate their partners’ (or should I say their own) infidelity. You also have a few song and dance sequences, but for someone who loves musicals, I found them becoming tedious after a while.  Paz Vega plays Sonia, and Natalia Verbeke plays Paula.

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