- Actors: Penélope Cruz, Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena, Juan Diego, Javier Bardem
- Directors: Bigas Lunas
- Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 27 Dec. 2000
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005421V
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Jamón, Jamón [DVD] 
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When underwear factory worker Silvia (Penelope Cruz) falls pregnant by her boyfriend and boss Jose Luis (Jordi Mulla), Jose's domineering mother, Conchita (Stefania Sandrelli) takes immediate action to prevent them getting married. Selecting the sexy would-be bullfighter Raul (Javier Bardem) from the local ham factory, Conchita pays him to seduce Silvia and persuade her to break off the engagement to Jose.
Salted pork shanks as leitmotiv in Jamón Jamón a dark comedy about an absurd love triangle: this is what post-Franco cine is all about (food and sex). Spanish tortillas (i.e., potato omelets) are also big in this one. Director José Juan Bigas Luna is intelligent, wry, and--despite the formulaic narrative that melodrama must essentially contain--unpredictable. At times his film exudes a certain Almodóvar flavour, but there is an edge, perhaps even heavy-handedness, to the dark humour that is either Luna's success or his downfall. The film garnered the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, after all. Try to follow: sexy Penelope Cruz (Belle Epoque) is growing up with her mother outside town on the wrong side of the highway. Together they run a truck stop where cars and life literally race past. Cruz is in love with Jordí Molla, by whom she is pregnant, but Molla's bourgeois mother, played by Anna Galiena (Being Human), thinks he can and should do better (of course, neither Cruz nor his mother knows of the erotic, avian interludes Molla enjoys on the side.) To save her son from the lower classes, Galiena hires Javier Bardem, a muscular, pretty man (whose regular consumption of the pork he distributes for a living has enhanced his sexual appeal) to pursue Cruz. The dark comedy finds a proper ending to the triangle in a grotesque but comedic landscape of death. This is not a cookie-cutter movie but rather one that will resonate with both your light and dark sides. After each surprise, you'll chuckle, feel guilty, and chuckle again. --Erik Macki, Amazon.com
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What a superb film ! This is the one which introduced me to all things Spanish. Be warned though, I have given this 5 stars only because I am a huge fan of the wacky fast-paced plots of Spanish cinema.
For many years I believed that Jamon Jamon was typical of Spanish Cinema. However I have now come to realise that Bigas Luna was actually laughing at how foreigners interpret his native land: the references to ham, spanish omelette, garlic, the barren landscapes, fiery women, musica "bacalao" of the early 90's, all intertwined around a plot consisting of an underwear factory and a love-triangle.
Set on the outskirts of Madrid, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are fantastic in this story of lust and temptation. This film is a must for anybody remotely interested in Spanish cinema.
If your idea of Spain is thirty years out of date then this film will give you a glimpse of Spain today. Although be prepared for an atmosphere that hardly seems European at all!
Like the best of those small town America epics, this film shows how life in a small town heightens emotions in the pressure cooker of isolation... until something just has to explode.
This is a road movie in which the road passes through the character's lives rather than they themselves hitting the road.
When you pass through Spain yourself, you will never be able to look at one of the famous Bull-shaped billboards in quite the same way after seeing this movie. Nor will you be able to feel as easy sitting under the hanging hams in those out of the way bars. Why? You'll have to click on "buy" to find out.
Spanish film has been quietly creating a school in the last ten years - Bigas Luna is one of the best directors the movement has produced and this is one of its undoubted high spots.
Its virtue is the picture it paints of living in poverty in an extremely bleak, empty area of Spain
...it's not your "average film", but that's what makes it worth watching :)
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I think Javier Bardem's johnson gains malevolence by its constant threat of exposure. To sustain that for 90 minutes requires verve. thumbs upPublished 9 months ago by Jonathan Hughes
Disappointingly dire. The quality of the streamed recording is really poor (think bad VHS tapes) but then the script & story line seemed bad too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phil3
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