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Penélope Cruz and Chino Darin in The Queen of Spain

Pacific Northwest Pictures

3 out of 4 stars

Title
The Queen of Spain
Written by
Fernando Trueba
Directed by
Fernando Trueba
Starring
Penelope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Mandy Patinkin
Genre
Comedy
Classification
14A
Country
Spain
Language
Spanish, English
Year
2017

In The Queen of Spain, Penelope Cruz stars as a 1950s glamourpuss returning from Hollywood to Madrid to film an epic period-piece musical about Spain's Queen Isabella. An old flame asks her for a kiss, for the good old days. "What days are those?" she asks.

It's an inside joke, of which there are many in this romping, capering semi-farce of a sequel to Fernando Trueba's The Girl of Your Dreams from 1998. The era here is the Franco-ruled Spain of the 1950s, when the country welcomed the Hollywood crowd.

Trueba, 62, has reassembled a lot of the old cast, most of whom play characters trying to recapture old magic. Make of that what you will. It's fun, involving off-set sexual escapades and a scheme to rescue a back-from-the-dead film director from a work camp. Cruz sings and wears low-cut things. Horses happen. And Mandy Patinkin plays a blacklisted American screenwriter who sits back and doesn't say much as he watches the action unfold with a look of detached amusement on his face. I know just how he feels.

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