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El Calentito Review


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During Spain's tumultuous post-Franco years, the late '70s and early '80s, the ultraconservative and uptight Catholic society began to crack open, and young people, most notably director Pedro Almodovar, came out to have fun. It was a moment later referred to as "La Movida." It's likely that when Pedro went barhopping, he hung around a place like El Calentito, the Madrid bar that gives this energetic movie its title. It's the kind of place where lesbian punk rockers hang out with tranny barkeeps and do drugs in the wildly painted bathroom stalls.

It's a very new world to Sara (Veronica Sanchez), a sweater-set-and-pearls kind of girl who agrees to accompany her impatient boyfriend -- he's been waiting weeks for her to allow him to cop a feel -- to the bar. Once there, however, she freaks out, and he dumps her on the spot. Drowning her sorrows with the dregs of everyone else's drinks, she passes out and awakens at the home of Leo (Macarena Gomez) and Carmen (Ruth Diaz), two members of the all-girl punk trip Las Siux (kind of like the Indian tribe). Carmen is a lesbian. Leo likes to perform topless. Their third member has just quit, so they need a body to fill her spot while they attend a record company meeting. Just like that Sara becomes a member of the group with reluctance, although it's clear she's eager to loosen up a bit and shock her parents.

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