Cuestión de suerte (1998) from Tuna

Cuestión de suerte (1996) ( A Matter of Luck) is a typical thriller, and could take place anywhere, and in any language. The fact that it was filmed on the Basque seacoast added some very nice scenics to a pretty good thriller.


Leire Berrocal is very naked in an extended sex scene early in the film, including pubic hair.
Eduardo Noriega has just lost his inheritance which he invested in a fish packing plant. He is engaged to Leire Berrocal, who is wealthy, and has been his girlfriend forever, but is not entirely certain he wants marriage. He spots a car which has run off the side of the road. He finds the driver dead, and a fortune in jewels on the seat. At this point, he makes the first unethical move of his life -- he takes the jewels and pushes the car farther down the cliff.

He rents a room from "the French woman" (Anna Galiena), who is the most disreputable person in town, known to have been in jail, and rumored to have killed her husband. She also serves as masturbation fantasy material for all the young men in town. She soon discovers the jewels, and Galiena and Noriega end up sharing a bed, and a scheme to fence the jewels.
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As a thriller, it is as good as any, and relies more on character development and plot line than action, which I find appealing. This, together with the great nudity and beautiful location, make it rise above the genre. 

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IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a B-. Even if you are not a thriller fan, you might like this one.

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