CARMINA OR BLOW UP

Spain

Showtimes

Wed, Mar 6th at 6:30pm
Sat, Mar 9th at 5:15pm
Average: 3 (6 votes)
  1. CARMINA OR BLOW UP
  1. (CARMINA O REVIENTA)
  2. 2012, Paco León, Spain, 71 min.
  3. With Carmina Barrios, María León

“Distinctive, enjoyable.”
—Jonathan Holland, Variety

“Short, swift and lively as hell.”
—James van Maanen, TrustMovies

Comedy star León makes his directing debut with this unique film that has become a popular phenomenon in Spain. The subject is Carmina Barrios, played by the director’s mother and greatly resembling her, although the film plays slyly with the distinction between fact and fiction. Owner of a bar in Sevilla, saddled with a shiftless husband and a mountain of debts, she holds court in her kitchen, reminiscing and philosophizing as she tries to deal with a disastrous robbery of 80 hams. Compared by critics to a character out of Almodóvar, Carmina is funny, raunchy, outrageous, and never less than fascinating. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP video. (MR)

Part of The 16th Annual European Union Film Festival.

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