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Almodovar's Latest, a Near Miss

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Passenger and crew on the verge of a nervous breakdown, while Almodóvar (right) enjoys himself

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Not everything is sex and drugs in I’m So Excited. The movie cleverly references Spain’s current financial crisis and manages to reflect on the ways many Spaniards view South Americans and Mexicans (the former “settle everything by killing each other” while the latter’s lives “aren’t worth anything”). The laughs are there, but are as transient as the passengers—this ain’t no Women on the Verge… (see “Underrated Almodóvar” for more Almodóvar movies you shouldn’t overlook).

Almodóvar is an acquired taste, and whether or not I’m So Excited works for you depends on how much you’re willing to go along for the ride. This is Almodóvar’s most movida madrileña film since 1980 (the movida madrileña being the Madrid’s sudden censor-less happenings that followed dictator Franco’s death). Too bad it’s happening in 2013.

I'm So Excited
(Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Writ. and dir. Pedro Almodóvar; feat. Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas (R)
Opens at the Bijou Aug. 2

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