Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 is a 2003 Spanish/Danish comedy film directed by Pablo Berger.

Torremolinos 73
Directed byPablo Berger
Written byPablo Berger
StarringJavier Cámara
Candela Peña
Juan Diego
Release date
  • 2003 (2003)
Running time
91 min.


Alfredo López is an exasperated encyclopedia salesman for the Montoya Publishing House and lives with his faithful wife Carmen in 1973 Spain. Carmen and Alfredo are given the opportunity by the Montoya Publishing House to create pornographic films that will be imported into Scandinavian countries under the pretence of being an audiovisual encyclopedia of human reproduction. They have no other choice as Alfredo's encyclopedia sales are practically zero and Carmen loses her job. Unknowingly, Carmen becomes an adult film star in the Northern European countries though they are well-paid for their films. In the meantime Alfredo and Carmen are trying to have a child and Carmen discovers that Alfredo has a sperm count of zero.

Inspired to become a film-maker, Alfredo writes an Ingmar Bergman-inspired feature film titled Torremolinos 73. His boss offers to fund the filming of it with Alfredo as director and Carmen as the female star. Alfredo also gets a Danish film crew to help with production. The main role is offered to Máximo Valverde who refuses it, so the role is offered to Magnus, one of the members of the film crew.

At Carmen's suggestion, Alfredo's boss changes the final scene so that Carmen is to have sex with her male co-star so as to get herself pregnant. Alfredo is upset at first but eventually accepts this and the film ends with the couple having a daughter, and Alfredo beginning a new career as a wedding film director.



The film got only a limited release in most regions, while getting mostly positive reviews. The film has a 71 per cent fresh rating by Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


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