Pedro Almodovar's raunchy 'I'm So Excited!' satirizes Spain

Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:05pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's latest film "I'm So Excited!" is a raunchy screwball comedy that the Oscar-winning director said marks a return to his roots as a satirist even as it delivers biting commentary on modern-day Spain.

The Spanish-language movie, which opens the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday and will be on limited release in U.S. cinemas on June 28, follows passengers on a flight from Spain to Mexico City after their plane experiences a serious malfunction.

Almodovar, 63, returns to his comedy past after exploring more dramatic themes over the past decade, including 2002's "Talk To Her" - which won him a best original screenplay Oscar - and 2011's "The Skin I Live In."

"During the '80s, I made a lot of comedies, so this was like returning to my roots," Almodovar told Reuters. "I think I just needed to make something lighter."

In the film, the pilots and flamboyantly gay flight attendants attempt to distract the passengers by providing them with alcohol and drugs, which leads to sex and dancing to the 1982 Pointer Sisters' hit song "I'm So Excited."

The film stars several actors who previously worked with Almodovar, including Javier Camara, Lola Duenas, Cecilia Roth and Blanca Suarez. Spanish Hollywood stars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz also make appearances.

Almodovar said he unconsciously channeled the vision of sexually explicit American filmmaker John Waters, who directed 1988's "Hairspray" and 2004's "A Dirty Shame." He referred to him as "one of my best American friends."

With Waters in mind, Almodovar said the film has elements that may lead viewers to describe it as "dirty," as the passengers "do everything that is forbidden to do on a plane."   Continued...

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar poses at the photocall of his latest film "Los amantes pasajeros" (I'm so excited) in Madrid March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Juan Medina