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Between Your Legs [1999] [DVD]

Victoria Abril , Javier Bardem , Manuel Gómez Pereira    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Victoria Abril, Javier Bardem, Carmelo Gómez, Juan Diego, Sergi López
  • Directors: Manuel Gómez Pereira
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Nucleus Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6NDG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Radio talk-show worker Miranda (Abril) uses daily dog walking as an excuse to cruise for extra-marital encounters. And successful scriptwriter Javier (Bardem) is a phone-sex junkie. When the two meet at a sex addiction clinic to undergo therapy, they embark on a steamy affair with psychological, suspenseful and shocking ramifications. Meanwhile, Miranda s husband Félix (Gomez) is investigating a murder case that inexplicably becomes linked to his wife s affair. You'll be hooked by the opening credit sequence and then you'll be swept away by the sheer bravura style, non-stop sexual antics and powerful luridness of this highly erotic study in compulsive obsession - with a startling and unexpected twist ending.

Review

...A stunningly shot, brilliantly designed, award-winning homage to Alfred Hitchcock via Pedro Almodovar. -- Alan Jones, Frightfest

It’s witty and sexy without ever being explicit... the labyrinthine storytelling makes it all pleasurable. -- Kim Newman, Darkside

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seduction, betrayal, murder 28 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
This is a well-written, well-acted film in which several characters are involved in a variety of relationships - some of which take a distinct turn for the sinister. The film is reminiscent of many Hollywood 1950's detectives films and compares well with "Live Flesh", the Almodovar Film based on a PD James novel.

There are a small number of nude shots and a very brief, almost laughable, scene about "Sex Addicts Anonymous" (shades of Basic Instinct / Color of Night) which is used mainly to show that some of the characters are troubled in a number of ways. This might not match well with the title of the film, which would seem to promise lots of de-robing! The reason for the title, however, is closely linked to one of the characters.

After watching this you may have a new-found relationship with really strong coffee which adds a comic twist near the end of the film.

Overall I watched this with some friends and everyone thought it was an excellent crime film - which kept peoples attention to the end. So 5-stars !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat! 23 Mar 2008
By Peaches
Format:DVD
Not the sex-a-thon movie you might expect from the title and, considering the 2 main protagonists are receiving treatment for sex addiction, this is quite tame, in that sense. What you have here is actually a suspense thriller, that gets you hooked into all it's twists.

The characters of Victoria and Javier meet up at a `Sex Addicts' therapy group. They hit it off, and one night, he offers to take her home. On entering the car park, he can't find his car, so they start to have sex in a battered old dodge car. Later this car comes up in a crime that will link them both.

Victoria Abril is adorable as always, and Javier Bardem is such an accomplished actor, he's a pleasure to watch. If you're familiar with Spanish cinema, there are many faces you will recognise here. This is a real treat for Spanish movie lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 21 May 2014
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Brilliant storey, great twist at the end, and very well acted. Even non-devotees of Spanish film love this.
The plot is your usual girl meets lots of boys, then joins sex addicts group meets boy who is addicted to making naughty phone calls, they meet fall in love and accidently have sex at a crime scene of a muder that girls husband is investigating - oops!
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38 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh Dear 19 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
Do not be deceived by the title. This film is not sexually explicit in any way.

As viewing that sort of scene was the reason I bought it, you can imagine my disappointment. Is there compensation in the storyline, I am afraid not.

The leading lady did add comedy though. Whatever she was doing from patting the pet dog, to ordering in the restaurant, or having sex in the back of car, she always had the expression of a housewife who has just walked into Sainsbury's to find that they have changed all the shelves around.

Hopeless for the voyeur. As always, for the intelligent viewer, my reviews are a waste of time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good if a bit confusing and conventional... 12 Oct 2005
By Eduarrdo Nietzsche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Mainly it's a pleasure to watch the three central characters, Javier Bardem, Victoria Abril, and Victor Lopez. Especially Victoria Abril, she is absolutely gorgeous and talented, I can't get enough of this luscious lady!

The film though is indeed a bit gimmicky in its exploitative use of the whole sex-addiction issue (grazing over it without even attempting to shed any light on it) and the happy romantic ending feels a little pat. In between, there is simply too much happening, too many competing subplots and minor characters, and the lines of intersection are not always very clear or coherent. It does have some fine Almodovarian moments here and there, but all too few and far in between. Visually though it is a pleasure to watch, the film went by pretty quickly, I have to admit I was taken by its cinematographical beauty and style more than its (lack of) substance. Kind of wished there was more happenin' sex happening, despite the title there isn't that much of it by European film standards and not even all that much nudity either. You could say this film is kind of a tease in that respect.

All in all, it was nevertheless far better than your average typical Hollywood multiplex crapola though.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Abril is fantastic this role, she definitely carries the film. 3 April 2006
By Jenny J.J.I. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
You never know what you're going to expect when you watch this quirky Spanish flick. There are some obvious moments that are (Pedro) Almodavar and some are (Julio) Medem, which should come as no surprise as the actors in this show have worked with the above directors. Sex, suspense, comedy, drama - it's all here rolled into one. In its English title it sounds like a porno, in its camera-work it feels like a Hispanic melodrama, and in its soundtrack and direction its pure vintage Hitchcock, but this film is none of those things. It is a highly engaging and suspenseful thriller, which although borrowing much from the genre that it inhabits, stands on its own two feet as an oddly original piece of work.

Although the film is all about sex it is neither erotic nor pornographic, but intelligently scripted and all of the sex scenes are visually mild. Instead, it is about the repercussions of sexual relationships, which is explored through the eyes of two "sex addicts" who meet in an anonymous therapy session. Their relationships with significant friends and family around them begin to break down in the face of their lust and love, and an overzealous spouse and an unfortunate murder leads them perfectly into fairly traditional thriller territory. The suspense is kept up throughout and I found myself glued to the set. There are plenty of little surprises to keep you entertained, and plenty of twists to keep you guessing.

The cinematography is stunning---one of the most beautifully shot and constructed urban thrillers I've seen from any country. In terms of atmosphere, it's unforgettable the character in the rain, in the shadows of alleyways, the iridescent shimmering interiors (shot in some beautifully seedy Spanish settings).

Javiar Bardem is great as usual and Victoria Abril was fantastic in her role, she definitely carries the film here. I highly recommend this.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bardem, Abril and Lopez are three good reasons to watch 2 Aug 2004
By Andy Orrock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
'Entre Las Piernas' is being touted as a new release here in The States thanks to its recent re-release on DVD. This was, however, originally a 1998 release in Spain. The best thing 'Piernas' has going for it are its three stars: Javier Bardem, Victoria Abril, and my personal favorite, Sergi Lopez. Each of these three alone is worth the price of admission. That the three of them appear together make it a veritable bonanza for the intelligent film watcher. I suspect that the rising profiles of Lopez and Bardem had more than a little to do with the re-release.

The plot is suspenseful and contains more than a few nice twists and some Almodovar-like character intersections (are these required features in any movie made in Spain, or what?). Do yourself a favor though and shy away from glancing at the IMDB.com page concerning the movie, where a cursory glance at the Cast Overview essentially gives away the capper twist.

Plus, being a dog lover, you gotta love any movie that features a Westie. Good boy, Domingo!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent thriller with a bit of drama. 18 July 2005
By Robert Pratte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
While others have criticized this film for the implications of the ending - that the murder essentially goes unpunished - I think that the bigger message here is that often things spiral and have unanticipated consequences. As a thriller, this movie presents interesting issues; the plot is a bit stock, but the fun is in how the characters arrive at their respective impasses. This isn't a film that has you holding your breath, or even leaves you jolted in surprise. However, its dramatic qualities - how the characters are unable to excape their own destructive behaviour, and how the ensuing results intertwine - that make this an enjoyable film. Moreover, the acting is superb.

Bottom line, this is a bit of a psycho-thriller mixed in with a bit of drama. Inside of either genre, it is interesting. This one shines in how it brings the two elements together.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Between Your Legs 13 Aug 2005
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Between Your Legs! What kind of visions does this title conjure up in your mind? If you imagined the wind blowing through your hair while riding a Harley, not bad but you're wrong. Horseback riding or racing? Wrong again. If these are the images you summon, you are probably either a priest, a nun or undersexed. I'll give you a clue. What is said to make the world go around? Sex? Bingo! Between Your Legs is a story about SEX. Sex addicts to be exact.

Between Your Legs centers around three people Miranda, Victoria Abril, Javier, Javier Bardem and Felix, Carmelo Gomez, two of whom meet at a therapy session for sex addicts, a Sex Anonymous if you will. Talk about throwing red meat at a tiger, a co-ed therapy session for SEX ADDICTS? Not surprisingly, Miranda and Javier, who have the same compulsions, start hanging around. When Miranda wasn't walking her dog through the park, picking up strangers for trysts, she was the wife of Felix, a cop and mother of an adolescent daughter and Javier, when not engaging in habitual phone sex, was a successful writer and producer.

As I said Miranda and Javier start hanging around and pretty soon they're hanging all around each other. In fairness Miranda tried to resist but Javier was persistent and soon, after a couple hours, they were having a go in an abandoned car in a parking garage. In the aftermath this upset Miranda, probably because she was off to a bad start curing her addiction, and she ran off. However the affair continued and eventually Felix (Miranda`s husband) found out.

At this point, I need to tell you that Javier discovers that audio tapes of his erogenous phone conversations have been circulating around Spain (it`s a Spanish movie) much to his consternation, also the police discover the body of a young man in the back of the abandoned vehicle, in which Miranda and Javier first had sex in leaving behind DNA which ostensibly tied Javier to the car if not the body, so Felix, who didn't like Javier much anyway, thought he was a murderer.

Conclusion

The rest of the movie is spent tying these two events (tapes/body) together. There were a couple of fairly good plot twists but they failed to elevate the movie much above mediocrity.

Since this was a foreign film, (with sub titles) I was not familiar with any of the cast. I thought their acting was adequate though not exceptional but that is a judgment leveled without the benefit of understanding what they were saying. (my Spainsh is a little rusty). I thought the story moved well and the directing or maybe the editing (it's hard to tell) was done well. Although there were several passionately erotic sex scenes, there was no full nudity and even partial nudity was held to a minimum. This doesn't mean that anyone under the age of majority should be watching this movie as just the story line itself connotes lascivious behavior. The sex scenes themselves were done realistically almost fully clothed but were skillfully depicted and because of the spontaneity, were just as sensuous, if not more, than the usual nude sex simulations. I must admit to a certain amount of disappointment from my voyeuristic eyes, however. Final Rating: 3.4 stars
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