Mouth to Mouth

When I watched "Boca a Boca" (English captions) twenty years ago, it was the first I realized that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men") could do comedy. He plays an unemployed actor who has his bike stolen while he is delivering a pizza. After auditioning in vain for months (casting directors are a heartless breed!) he decides to go back home. His agent begs him to stay in Barcelona for just one more audition; it's the "role of a lifetime!" and it will happen in just two weeks.

Director Manual Gómez Pereira swings his actors between farce, romance and violence (yeah, a few gunshots) as a hired killer tries to "off" one of our hero's clients. Wait until you see where he found a job!

Our cast:
  • Javier Bardem ("The Sea Inside") is Victor, ambitious but broke. A casting director has demeaned him one too many times with a ridiculous audition ('Make 'em Laugh' from "Singin' in the Rain" in English!) and he just wants to go home. Now he has agreed to survive for two more weeks.
  • Aitana Sanchez-Gijon ("The Machinist") Gorgeous Amanda knows all the right moves and Victor loves every one of them! But wait a minute...whose wife is she?
  • Josep Maria Flotats (This was the last movie he made) Bill is Victor's customer. Or is he Ricardo, Amanda's husband? Maybe he would be safer back in the closet...
With an R rating, expect sexual situations, some profanity and a gunshot or two. I have re-watched this comedy several times over the years and I am always happy to see Bardem in a comedy. He has done award-winning roles many times since he made this one, but they are all so GRIM! Here, each new plot twist is a surprise to Victor and to us, but it all gets sorted out...kinda....

I really like this one and have owned the DVD for years.
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Here is a short teaser:
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