Scripter Sergi Belbel and director Ventura Pons based this film on Belbel's 1991 play, structured in a fashion similar to Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde (1900) and Richard Linklater's Slacker (1991): Two character set-ups feature one character from each scene turning up in the next scene, and so on, as a variety of people parade through diverse romantic and sexual situations. Cars careen about via an altered camera speed to provide the linkages between the 11 interlocking scenes. Shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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The first two words that come to my mind about Caresses are pretentious and tedious - the first two words in the previous reviewer's comments! Each primary character in this daisy-chain of barely related events is shown first as a completely nasty person, then shown in a somewhat more sympathetic light in the following vignette. All in all, it's an hour-and-a-half spent with very unpleasant Spaniards treating each other badly.