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When, in the middle of 1993, the team shooting Huevos de oro came to Benidorm, the Gran Hotel Bali had been under construction for three years. The overambitious building became the ideal backdrop for telling the story of Benito González (magnificently played by Javier Bardem), a tacky bounder who liked women and luxury watches and was obsessed with building a skyscraper as big as his megalomania. The film directed by Bigas Luna is a grotesque fable that associates property speculation and making a financial killing with the high-handedness of the typical macho ibérico. So it’s not strange that the protagonist’s sexual potency is repeatedly associated with the imposing skyscraper that he is building, which is none other than the Bali. On the half-built roof of the tallest hotel in Europe there is en erotic reunion between the character played by Bardem and his first girlfriend, whose betrayal is what launched him on his obsession. In the final scene, the film takes down the myth of Spanish masculinity: without his fetishes, gold watches and luxury cars, the macho ibérico is nothing more than weeping wimp.

 

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Title: Huevos de oro (1993)

Director: Bigas Luna

Writers: Cuca Canals, Bigas Luna

Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine

Cast: Javier Bardem, Maribel Verdú, Elisa Touati