9 August 2016 | ma-cortes
Typical Bigas Luna film about a stubborn girl with big dreams as well as aspirations and who suffers successes and flops
Diana (Elsa Pataky) leaves her town to carry out her ¨Dreams of Fame and Fortune¨ . Meanwhile , her friend Maria (Flora Martinez) suffers an abusive relationship she has with her boyfriend . As her ¨Dreams¨ take Diana from Madrid to Miami and later on , Hollywood . After speaking to her mother (Ana Soriano) Diana realizes that she can not give up though she has less Naïve expectations . Diana seems to be on the right path when a powerful agent (Peter Coyote) notices her , and he , commercially , nicknames her as ¨Di Di¨ , but things go wrong when she uncovers a dark secret about her lover . Then , her sweetheart has been snapped getting intimate with a new blond love interest - a man . But she goes on her dream because ¨Di Di is the best¨ , in spite of her way is full of failures and disillusionments.
Entertaining and modern picture -though mediocre- filled with unpleasant roles and concerning a young girl who leaves for Madrid in search of a better life . Second part of Bigas Luna's Trilogy about ambition initiated by ¨Yo Soy La Juani¨ , followed by this one ,¨Di Di Hollywood¨ with Elsa Pataky in a similar role to formerly played by Verónica Echegui . This stirring as well as erotic story is a passionate retelling and moving tale about wishes , lies and disappointments , but including strong sex scenes with loads of nudism . This is a moving tale about ambition , luxury , desire in which a mean young attempts to build her ambitious future : to be a Hollywood actress . The storyline relies heavily on the continued ambition of the starring , including a lot of sexual scenes , almost soft-core , but it doesn't make boring , however the film is fun , but average . As usual in Bigas Luna films , ¨Di Di Hollywood¨ explores the darkest depths of eroticism and Latinos stereotypical , including the Spanish machismo . The moral of the story becomes clear : never forget what you set out to get , despite the struggles that come your way , and never give up on your dreams . So-so acting by Elsa Pataky as an obstinate young whose naïve dreams are soon shattered by the ruthlessness of two dream cities , Miami and Los Angeles , where she has been having a hard time . Decente support cast , such as : Peter Coyote as an ambitious agent who only wants someone for a sham marriage with a secretly gay star , the mistreated Flora Martínez and Paul Sculfor playing a gay smooch , a known actor who was spotted in a same-sex clinch in a Los Angeles swimming pool ; the British hunk Sculfor achieved celebrity status after romancing a string of Hollywood's hottest women , including Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney's former lover Lisa Snowdon . Furthermore , the movie packs a colorful cinematography by Albert Pascual , shot on location Madrid , Miami and Los Angeles . Atmospheric musical score plenty of several songs from famous pop singers .
The motion picture was regularly directed by Bigas Luna , following his particular style . He often uses in his films twisted events , erotic scenes and surrealist images . He was a Bon Vivant who along with his wife , produced wine , ham , and organic products ; they are well shown in his films . For 39 years, under General Francisco Franco's repressive regime , it was almost impossible for Spain to create a vibrant film industry and for talented film-makers to express themselves freely . However, after the death of the Generalissimo in 1975, there was a burst of creativity, with Pedro Almodóvar paving the way for directors such as Bigas Luna , who has died of cancer aged 67 . In 1990 the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez persuaded him to return to cinema and entrusted to him the direction of Las Edades De Lulú (The Ages of Lulu) , an erotic drama about a young woman exploring extreme sexual practices , this was a commercial hit . Without abandoning his dedication to painting and photography , reflected in numerous exhibitions , he began the well-known "Iberian Trilogy" with Jamón Jamón ("Ham, Ham", 1992) , Huevos de Oro ("Golden Balls", 1993) and La Teta y La Luna ("The Tit and the Moon", 1994) which explored the darkest depths of eroticism and stereotypical Spanish machismo . Jamón Jamón, which launched the careers of both Javier Bardem and the 16-year-old Penélope Cruz was a major international success and won the Silver Lion at Venice in 1992 . The latter introduced Penélope Cruz to audiences and launched Javier Bardem as the embodiment of the Spanish stud . "I owe my career to Bigas Luna" , Bardem said in 2001 . Cruz returned in ¨Volavérunt¨ (1999), a film about the relationship between Francisco Goya and the Duchess of Alba . This film ¨Di Di Hollywood ¨ is stylishly photographed and smartly designed and here Bigas Luna delivers his ordinary and erotic goods in cool sense of style , but including a lot of unkindly characters .