Unconscious

Unconscious

DVD - 2007 | Spanish
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A woman and her brother-in-law go on a Sherlock Holmes type of adventure to find her husband, after he studies under Freud's theories of women's sexuality and hysteria, and then disappears.
Publisher: [United States] : Liberation Entertainment, 2007
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781594445415
1594445419
Branch Call Number: DVD Unconscious Espanol
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Set in Barcelona, 1913, Joaquín Oristrell’s ribald Freudian sex farce combines a piercing sense of humour with just enough erotica to get your id revved up. When her famous neurologist husband mysteriously disappears Alma Pardo enlists the aid of her unhappily married brother-in-law Salvador (Luis Tosar, one of the sexiest actors to emerge from the Iberian peninsula), also a neurologist of some renown, to track him down. Following the clues in Dr. Pardo’s celebrated thesis on “female hysteria” (he was a newly converted acolyte of Sigmund Freud) Alma and Salvador’s quest will lead them on a series of very funny misadventures all of which poke a few satirical holes in fin de siècle psychoanalysis—from a transvestite soiree to a steamy men’s sauna and an ornately appointed bordello to the set of a clandestine porn studio. Along the way our two amateur sleuths will not only have to confront a host of psychosexual theories made flesh, they’ll also have to deal with their growing attraction for one another; a situation further complicated when Salvador accidentally hypnotizes himself into telling his frigid wife what’s really on his mind. Filmed in washed out colours against penny postcard backdrops and utilizing the occasional silent era conceit, Oristrell’s wicked little comedy revels in its various neuroses as it mines Sigmund’s heady theories for all the lowbrow laughs it can get. A final confrontation between the legendary Austrian analyst and one very dysfunctional family literally brings the house down while a series of clever codas undermines some of the film’s darker elements reminding us that since we’re all a little f*cked up anyway we might as well have fun with it.

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