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From acclaimed director Joaquin Oristrell comes a Spanish comedy of wickedly Freudian proportions. Set in Barcelona in the early 1900s, Unconscious is a taboo-breaking romp that follows the beautiful and very pregnant Alma (Leonar Watling, Talk to Her) as she searches for her missing psychiatrist husband. Along the way she recruits her love-struck brother-in-law Salvador (Luis Tosar) and discovers a world where gender bending psychoanalysis turns the roles of sex and sexuality inside out. This spicy comedy is a couch trip that will leave any patient completely unrepressed!

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Studio Genius Products
SKU 204505202
UPC 796019800273
UPC 14 00796019800273
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alex Brendemuhl - Actor
Deborah Chambers - Art Director
Denise Booth, et. al. - Producer
Dominic Harari, et. al. - Writer
Jaume Peracaula - Cinematographer
Joaquin Oristrell - Director
Leonor Watling - Actor
Llorenc Miquel - Production Designer
Luis Tosar - Actor
Mercedes Sampietro - Actor
Miguel Angel Santamaria - Editor
Awards
Nominee (2005) Sundance Film Festival, Joaquin Oristrell, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic
Reviews
ReviewSource BBC Online
Review Inconscientes (Unconscious) is a distinctive, quirky comedy, which caused a stir at last year's Sundance Film Festival and is finally getting a limited UK release. Set in Barcelona in 1913, against a modernist backdrop of Sigmund Freud's theories and Gaudi's architecture, the well-structured, multi-layered script - part mystery, part romance - is bolstered by a great cast, with genuine on-screen chemistry...A heavily pregnant Alma (Leonor Watling) returns home one day to find her eminent psychiatrist husband Dr Leon Pardo (Alex Brendemuhl) in tears and about to flee their home and his practice. Left to have their baby alone, she enlists the help of her admiring brother-in-law Salvador (Luis Tosar) and sets about uncovering the elaborate mystery of Leon's sudden departure...With both feet firmly rooted in high farce, many of the comic situations and characters are deliberately OTT. Watling's portrayal of the neurotic firebrand Alma and Tosar's bumbling, love-struck Salvador are a joy to watch together, while Mercedes Sampietro shines as the drunken housekeeper. Despite only appearing in the last act, Brendemuhl threatens to steal the show with a hilarious final monologue. A well-observed, sideways portrait of the day, Unconscious is a little gem.
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Reviewer Digby Lewis
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Slant Magazine
Review Joaquin Oristrell's Unconscious might have been called Sleuthing in the Time of Psychoanalysis. Hardly a fun title but neither is this Spanish confection, whose rabid-animal disposition is bound to please suckers for those calculatedly bouncy and cloying foreign imports that have become all the rage since Amelie. Like Love Me If You Dare, the film is so opulently and noisily aestheticized it gives the illusion of being smarter than it is, though it benefits from some endearing performances. Set in 1913 Barcelona against a horny backdrop of Freudian chitter-chatter, the story is something of Three's Company fan's fantasy of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, with Pedro Almodovar alum Leonor Watling as a very-pregnant and unusually liberated woman who goes hunting for her missing husband with the help of her brother-in-law, played by Luis Tosar. No taboo, from incest to homosexuality, is beneath Oristrell's radar as Watling and Tosar's cartoon trail of breadcrumbs leads them to a head-spinning meeting with Freud at a luxe manse. The film's humor is such that Tosar, in one scene, recoils in horror when he learns he's holding a small statue of a goddess of fertility and, in another, pulls out his ostensibly crooked cock during dinner and a waiter reflects that disproportion is the base of beauty. Alas, the film's desperation is not.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Ed Gonzalez
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Patrick Peters, Empire ...everything is beautifully designed and photographed, Watling and Tosar are superb and it's undeniably great fun.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times ...[this] delirious bedroom farce in the spirit of early Pedro Almodovar is frequently very funny.
Stina Chyn, Film Threat A brilliant exploration into the implications of Freud's theories on one family.

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