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A wealthy businessman hires a famous filmmaker to help make a smash hit film.
(R, 114 min.)


Friday, July 8, 2022


In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do so, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies. [Metacritic]

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez
Director: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Language: Spanish
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

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"Every line delivery is immaculate, and Cruz in particular, with her ginger frizzy locks, proves that she is a comic behemoth who has too long been laid dormant."

— David Jenkins, Little White Lies

"If awards season gets up your nose, with its self-congratulatory speeches and luvvie back-patting, this playful and wildly entertaining Spanish satire on the filmmaking process is the perfect antidote."

— Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

"Cruz is the film's MVP as Lola, kookier than she's ever been, and playing well into the character's question mark of a persona — is she a true auteur or a hack? You never really find out, but watching Lola become increasingly disillusioned with the whole project makes her the closest we get to a relatable character in this whole heightened satire."

— Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm