Más que amor, frenesí (1996) from Tuna

Más que amor, frenesí  (1996) is a Spanish comedy about 20-something residents of Madrid using drugs and seeking sex in club scene in the 90's. Probably the best way to give you an idea is to introduce some of the players.

Ingrid Rubio, Beatriz Santiago and Cayetana Guillén Cuervo share a flat. Rubio is the main character, is an art student, has an openly gay classmate for a best friend, and recently broke up with the love of her life who did her wrong. Guillen is a sex maniac, a heavy drug user, and bartender at the club. Santiago has bright reddish orange hair, and is a radical.


It is a good film for nudity:
  • Ingrid Rubio - Breasts and buns with Novo.
  • Cayetana Guillén Cuervo - Breasts and a bush closeup
  • Bibi Andersen - Full frontal
  • Maite Pastor - Breasts
  • Amanda - full frontal.
As the film starts, Rubio's ex-boyfriend and gigolo is present when someone credited only as Amanda shoots herself, because she can't stand her jealous boyfriend any longer. The ex-boyfriend (Nancho Novo) is a suspect in what the police think is a murder, and hotfoots it back to Madrid with the police on his trail. The policeman, of course, turns out to be the crazy lover Amanda killed herself to avoid. Novo works for pimp and lesbian Bibi Andersen, is seduced by Cuervo, and ends up with Rubio. Anderson is seen pawing a young Maite Pastor, her current female lover. Throw in some gays, some sexually ambiguous types, and three-way over-the-top transvestites, and you are getting an idea.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • widescreen format, 1.85

The transfer is ok, except for a lot of dirt specks, and the sub-titles, which are not a very good translation, and are white, even over white scenes, can't be turned off. It has lots of pace, a dizzying array of odd, but mostly under-developed characters, and a plot that frequently becomes muddled. Despite this, it is an OK watch.

The Critics Vote

  • filmcritic.com 3/5

The People Vote ...

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 C+.

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