Sex! Love! Tiny Cocktails! Spanish Trailer for Almodóvar's I'M SO EXCITED

Oh, Almodóvar. You've given us comedy, drama, romance, horror, and we come back for more. While he might have stumbled a bit in the early 2000s, the world's favourite Spanish filmmaker made a great comeback with 2011's The Skin I Live In, and looks to be continuing the trend with his new film, I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros.) I showed the trailer to my film students, who without clues knew this was an Almodóvar film; that's how recognizable his brand has become. This is not meant as a slight; with a few exceptions, his films always feel fresh and original.

Little is known of plot, except that most of it takes place on a small airplane. It it looks like a throwback to his early sex comedies such as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. It stars some Almodóvar veterans such as Javier Cámara, Penélope Cruz, and Cecilia Roth, as well as newcomers to the Almodóvar fold, such as Carlos Areces (Extraterrestrial), Raúl Arévalo (Ghost Graduation) and Antonio de la Torre (The Last Circus). The trailer is in Spanish without subtitles, but really, the language of Almodóvar needs no translation.
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  • Mr. Cavin

    So is Hable con ella or La mala educación what you are considering to be Almodóvar's early-millennial slump? The latter only racked-up dozens of nominations for the same awards the former actually won, but garnered a nearly equal number of favorable reviews (with scores of 92% and 88% at Rotten Tomatoes respectively) and opened the Cannes Film Festival (the first Spanish movie to ever do so). Neither seems to be all that much like a stumble to me.

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    I was referring to Volver and Broken Embraces, which, to my mind, are not up to his usual standard.

  • I loved Volver, though I agree that Broken Embraces was sort of weak. If anything, I feel his biggest slump was in the early 90s with the abysmal High Heels and Kika. These are his worst; I like pretty much all of his other films to some degree.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Oh I see. That's the early part of the millennium, yeah, but not the early part of the decade--which is what I thought you meant. Sorry for getting confused. Man, I probably loved Broken Embraces even more than I did Talk to Her, but I can easily see how somebody might think Volver was dialing it back a little.

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    You're right, I should have said mid-2000s, it would have been more clear. I still have trouble accepting that it's 2013!

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