In this soft-porn drama, the oversexed hunk Benito Javier Bardem) spends a good portion of his military service in north Africa dreaming of sex, money and power - but mostly sex. He can barely keep himself in control, and is constantly grabbing his crotch. Somehow, when he is released from the service, he marries the daughter (Maria de Medeiros) of a real moneybags, and he uses some of those resources to build a gigantic skyscraper in the form of a phallus. After a car crash leaves him partially paralyzed and very despondent, his ill-used wife kicks him out and he moves to Miami, where he picks up a woman who (in a reversal of roles) loves 'em and leaves 'em. For some reason, this circumstance cuts our previously almost irrepressibly priapic hero to the heart, and he sobbingly realizes the extent of his losses. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Saw this in Los Angeles at the Latino Film Festival, with Javier Bardem in attendance. Many side-splittingly funny scenes stick with me and cause bursts of laughter just thinking about them, the way a good novel does. Depressing but still funny after his downfall, his just desserts; bear in mind that it is a comedy, this isn't a real person but a caricature, and the humor remains, Benicio del Toro providing much of it.
Note also that Maria Medeiros -- who plays in the English language films "Henry and June" and the multiple-plot Quentin Tarantino film with Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Samuel Jackson, Amanda Richardson ... name slips my mind at the moment -- plays a large part in this film.
Don't let the "sex comedy" put you off: the sex is always in service to the comedy, not gratuitous sex.
Checking it out to see again.
Seeing it in a theatre with an audience (and the main actor) may be a plus in watching this, enhancing the comedy by shared laughter.
Passion, sex and heat are epidemic in the films of Bigas Luna ("Jamon, Jamon"; "Chambermaid on the Titanic"; "Sound of the Sea"), although story and dialog are sometimes second-rate. HUEVOS DE ORO is a middle-period movie (1993) from Luna, and I suspect it was no boffo hit for the writer/director because it may cut too close to home in its portrayal of Spanish machismo. Javier Bardem was as gorgeous, sexy, alert and fascinating as youd expect him to be 13 years ago, and his entanglements with Maribel Verdu, Maria de Medeiros, Raquel Bianca and Elisa Tovati are something to see. If the film does not probe deeply and offers the sort of symbolism when tall buildings equal erections, there is still interest to be found in its story of a young man betrayed and spurned in love who sets out to conquer women--and the world. Look for Benicio del Toro and Alessandro Gassman in supporting roles.