- General info
Headstrong senorita Silvia (Penelope Cruz) becomes pregnant to village Mummy's-boy Jose (Jordi Mulla). Silvia's father has left town and her mother Carmen (Anna Galiena) is forced to become the town prostitute. Jose's overbearing mother Conchita (Stefania Sandrelli) fears her son will marry the daughter of a scarlet woman and takes action...she hires sexy, young Raul (Javier Bardem) who works in the ham factory and enjoys nude bullfighting, to seduce Sylvia. What ensues is a series of chaotic and frantic couplings, testosterone overload, breasts that taste of ham and a duel to the death with a side of bacon.
- Penélope Cruz, Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena, Juan Diego, Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà, Tomás Martín, Armando del Río, Diana Sassen, Chema Mazo, Isabel de Castro Oros, Nazaret Callao, Marianne Hermitte, Nadia Godoy, María Reniu, Susana Koska, Miquel García Borda, Roberto Bermejo, Guaca López de la Sierra, Lira Herce De Bigas
- Bigas Luna
- Cuca Canals, Bigas Luna
- Jamón, jamón
- Comedy, Drama, Romance
- Spain, Comedy, Drama, Romance
1992 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 90 minutes
- Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
- DVD Regions:
- Region 0 (All)
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.85:1
- Theatrical Trailer
- Star And Director Filmographies
- Scene Selection
- Director's Notes
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Bonkers sex farce with extra garlic
- Jamon Jamon review by Kurtz
Early sighting of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem both up to their shapely necks in lust and dirty dealing. Cruz gets to run around in the rain and be ardently wooed by most of the men in the cast (no change there, then), whilst the director leaves little to the imagination in his portrayal of Bardem as the local stud (nude bullfighting, anyone??) Bed-hopping, jealous rage, oedipal moments, a parrot voyeur and a suicidal piglet, you name it, it’s all there. There are a number of surreally comic moments, e.g. a fight to the death with a leg of ham, but we’re well into melodrama territory even before the OTT final tableau.
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