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Golden Balls (1993)

Cast: Javier Bardem, Javier Bardem, Maribel Verdú, more...
Director: J.J. Bigas Luna, J.J. Bigas Luna
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Lolafilms Home Ent
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Spain
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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In this soft-porn drama, the oversexed hunk Benito Javier Bardem) spends a good portion of his military service in north Africa dreaming of sex, money and power - but mostly sex. He can barely keep himself in control, and is constantly grabbing his crotch. Somehow, when he is released from the service, he marries the daughter (Maria de Medeiros) of a real moneybags, and he uses some of those resources to build a gigantic skyscraper in the form of a phallus. After a car crash leaves him partially paralyzed and very despondent, his ill-used wife kicks him out and he moves to Miami, where he picks up a woman who (in a reversal of roles) loves 'em and leaves 'em. For some reason, this circumstance cuts our previously almost irrepressibly priapic hero to the heart, and he sobbingly realizes the extent of his losses. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not Golden but Quite Large by talltale January 18, 2006 - 3:28 PM PST
Passion, sex and heat are epidemic in the films of Bigas Luna ("Jamon, Jamon"; "Chambermaid on the Titanic"; "Sound of the Sea"), although story and dialog are sometimes second-rate. HUEVOS DE ORO is a middle-period movie (1993) from Luna, and I suspect it was no boffo hit on its home turf for this writer/director because it cuts too close to home portraying Spanish machismo. Javier Bardem was as gorgeous, sexy, alert and fascinating as you'd expect 13 years ago, and his entanglements with Maribel Verdu, Maria de Medeiros, Raquel Bianca and Elisa Tovati are something to see.

If the film does not probe deeply and offers the sort of simple symbolism when tall buildings equal erections, there is still interest to be found in its story of a young man betrayed and spurned in love who sets out to conquer women--and the world. Look for Benicio del Toro and Alessandro Gassman in supporting roles. According to the imdb, Luna has not made a movie since 2001; it's time we see something new from him (and get his 1999 "Volaverunt" transferred to DVD).

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(Average 6.43)
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