Breaking Glass Pictures announced this past week that writer/director David Trueba’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize finalist, Madrid, 1987, will making its domestic DVD debut on Feb. 26.
The bon mots come flying in from all directions as legendary Spanish film and theatre actor José Sacristán is given free reign in what is essentially a two-person stage play written directly for the screen.
The set-up is fairly straight forward, Sacristán plays a veteran journalist named Miguel who meets up with an eager young student named Angela (María Valverde) with the intension of dazzling her with his presence; his fame; his wisdom … and then seduce her.
Step one is accomplished with her willingness to move from his “office” at the local café to the nearby apartment of a friend. It’s a nice little place, but Miguel’s accommodating friend left out one little bit of advice in using the would-be love nest, which becomes the centerpiece of the film when “step two” (the seduction) goes badly.
A naked Angela retreats to the bathroom and is pursued by the equally naked Miguel, the door is shut and the two find themselves locked in. That was the little detail that was left out … don’t shut the door to the bathroom!
As Sacristán serves up insights, opinions and witticisms in a rat-a-tat-tat manner, Angela is left to ponder an escape. He keeps his eye on the ultimate goal, which is tantalizingly close, but he too begins to yearn for his creature comforts.
Madrid, 1987 is a delightful dance! A fun and unique comedy that is carried by its two participants … yes, Angela does get her licks in too!
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