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  • Summary: In Franco's puritanical Spain of 1973, a struggling encyclopedia salesman named Alfredo and his wife Carmen change their fortunes overnight when they agree to make their own Super 8 erotic 'educational' films to be sold in Scandinavia. (First Run Features)
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  1. 90
    This delicious little period piece from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger is like one of those really expensive chocolates, where you start out expecting a brief sugar buzz and end up surprised by the sophistication and delicacy of the flavor.
  2. The result is a highly amusing folly, rendered with a surprisingly gentle affection.
  3. Possesses a lighthearted quality that makes it rather enjoyable.
  4. Deepened by the socioeconomic undercurrent that suggests the lengths to which workers are forced to prostitute themselves to survive corporate downsizing.
  5. 60
    Somewhat wacky tale, based on real events, is kept anchored in reality through attention to detail and by first-rate central perfs.
  6. 50
    All this and not a glimmer of General Franco makes for a surreal – and sporadically inspired – comedy of Spanish mores back when naughty was nice.
  7. Camara and Peña are perfectly cast as the bewildered couple, and early on Berger gets some laughs from the one-note premise. But the material grows increasingly stale as the film drags on to its unintentionally creepy finale.

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