Golden Balls

1993 [SPANISH]

Comedy / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.1/10 10 3798 3.8K

Plot summary

Benito González is a flamboyant engineer in Melilla, with a brash and pushy personality. His dream is to build the tallest building ever in the region. After his girlfriend leaves him, he devotes himself entirely to his ambitions, deciding to let nothing get in his way. He marries the daughter of a billionaire, intending to use her father's money to realise his project. Benito waltzes his way through a career of excess, fetishes and deceptions, but the personal conflicts he unleashes ultimately send his life spiraling down to disaster.

February 02, 2024 at 02:54 PM


Bigas Luna

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Benicio Del Toro as El amigo de Miami
Javier Bardem as Benito González
Maribel Verdú as Claudia
Alessandro Gassman as El amigo de Melilla
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851.33 MB
Spanish 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jotix100 7 / 10

C.O. Jones!

Benito is an ambitious man. We meet him as he is doing his military service in Melilla, a Spanish possession in Northern Africa. His dream is to erect the biggest skyscraper in Benidorm, where high rises are everywhere. Benito has deeply set obsessions, and a deep sense of smell. Rita, who is his local girlfriend, has a peculiar odor he loves. Benito's other obsession has to do with the weight of his women. Rita, who only weighs 47 kilos is an ideal sexual partner.

After the army, Benito lands in Benidorm, where he wants to build his dream high rise. He is just full of air since he doesn't have money to back up his ambition. When he meets the lovely Claudia, who is a bit heavy, at 52 kilos, his luck begins to change. When he asks a bank to finance his construction, he meets resistance. After all, the wise banker sees right through the young man.

The banker's daughter, Marta, who is a slender woman weighing 45 kilos, takes an interest in Benito. They eventually marry. Benito, who also convinces a money man to invest in his building, starts building his dream. Marta, who suspects Benito is having affairs behind her back, gets proof of her suspicions when she finds intimate apparel that Claudia, in a fit of anger puts in Benito's jacket. Benito, who denies his escapades, finally admits to them and brings Claudia to his bed and Marta accepts the situation and the three begin to have an open relationship.

Unfortunately, Benito's luck begins to unravel. After a tragic accident where Claudia dies, his construction is paralyzed after the big investor pulls out. Benito also has a long convalescence to mend his broken body. At this time Marta, who is fed up with the way things have turned out, gets angry at Benito when he brings a prostitute, Ana, who never reveals her actual weight, as a substitute for Claudia. Benito, ends up losing it all as he and Ana settle in Miami.

Bigas Luna, the director of this film is a man who is not afraid to show raw sex in his movies, as it's the case here. He is making a statement about how Benito misuses his macho magnetism in the way he treats Rita, Claudia and Marta. These women are avenged by Ana, who constantly cheats on him with the hunky gardener. So actually, Benito is reduced to a pathetic figure who doesn't have a penny and sees his world and his ambitions turn against him.

Javier Bardem makes a great impression as Benito. He had already collaborated with Bigas Luna; both actor and director understand one another well, therefore the good results. Maria de Medeiros has a small part, but she makes the best out of her Marta. The gorgeous Maribel Verdu is perhaps the woman who really loved Benito. Elisa Tovati is seen as Rita; Raquel Bianca plays Ana and Benicio del Toro appears briefly as the gardener who is serving Ana.

"Huevos de oro" is not a film for the faint hearted, or the prude. Bigas Luna gives his audience what is expected of him.

Reviewed by DanB-4 8 / 10

Enjoyable, strange, twisted romp from Bigas Luna

Either you like Bigas Luna, or you don't. Huevos de Oro is the middle picture in his trilogy of weird romance films, the other two being the more noted Jamon Jamon and the truly bizarre La Teta y La Luna. All films have breast-obsessed Spanish macho men, sexy young women, love starved 40-ish women, love triangles wrapped around the oddest plots, and the most eyebrow raising sex conversations. All of these films seem to parody the Javier Bardem Spanish macho man character and how he is ultimately ruled by his libido. (The same can be said for most males).

Luna as a director introduced to me to three spectacular, stunning actresses in his films, namely Maria de Mederios, the now famous Penelope Cruz and Mathilda May. He also uses recent Oscar nominee Javier Bardem with great frequency.

In this film, there is a loose plot of a man (Bardem) who wishes to obtain financing for his construction business, and marries a woman he does not love (the wide-eyed Maria de Medieros) in the process. He maintains his passionate relationship with his first and true love, and ultimately gets entangled in his own romantic web. He never gives up his juggling act, until the three main characters come face to face.

What Luna does as a director is take these simple plots and wrap wonderfully strange characters with bizarre obsessions and mannerisms.

This movie has lots of passion, sex, conversation, and twisted romance, all bundled into an enjoyable and unique film. Many will be offended by Luna's unabashed approach to film-making, but this is still a fresh and unique picture. I recommend the three in this series highly. I can not guarantee you will like them, but I can guarantee that you will remember them. ***1/2

out of ****.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10

Typical Bigas Luna movie filled with strange happenings , twisted events , erotic scenes and surrealist images

Benito González (Javier Bardem) carries out his military service and works construction in Melilla ; he then falls in love with a beautiful Morrocco girl named Rita (Elisa Tovati) . Benito dreams to build huge constructions and big buildings . Later on , he arrives in Benidorm , where he attempts to build the tallest building called González Towers. Over several years, we see Benito to execute his wishes , but lack money no permits to carry out the construction of his tower . Through force of personality, his "Golden Balls" he puts the financing together , taking advantage of girls who love him such as Claudia (Maribel Verdu) , a fashion who tries to be a star, and Marta (Maria De Medeiros) , the US educated daughter of a wealthy man whose loan Benito needs . After that , he goes to Florida where he meets new lovers (Raquel Bianca) and disgraces .

This stirring as well as erotic story is a passionate retelling and an ironical drama about rise and fall ; full of visual images and tragedy , but including strong sex scenes with loads of nudism as female as male . Second part of Bigas Luna's "Iberian Trilogy" also including Jamón, Jamón and La Teta Y La Luna . This is a moving tale about ambition , luxury , desire in which a mean young attempts to build the great phallic symbol of power , at whatever cost ; as undercapitalization , debts , shoddy building materials don't avoid to follow his impossible dream . This Spanish picture is an enjoyable tale with a thought-provoking characterizing about a few characters , tragic drama and colorful outdoors . It is an overblown tragic drama , being screen-written by the same filmmaker along with his usual screen-writer Cuca Canals . Director Bigas Luna also writes the script filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the brooding issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . The storyline relies heavily on the continued ambition of the starring , including a lot of sexual scenes , almost softcore , but it doesn't make boring , however the film is entertaining . In spite of , the movie results to be acceptable and compellingly realized . Bigas carries out a perfect imaginary , a willingness almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence, every space . Good acting by trio protagonist , all of them give fine performances , such as Javier Bardem as an ambitious but unfortunate young ; a beautiful Maribel as sex-crazed Claudia , and Maria De Medeiros is marvelous and charming with her sweet and enjoyable countenance . Sensitive as well as evocative musical score by Nicola Piovani who won Academy Award for ¨Life is beautiful¨. Furthermore , a colorful and evocative cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine who was first cinematographer to use fluorescent tube as "key" lightning and deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameraman . Alcaine frequently works with Pedro Almodóvar , Bigas Luna and Vicente Aranda , as he has photographed ¨The skin I live in¨ , The bad education¨ , ¨Volver¨ , ¨Women in the verge of a nervous breakdown¨, among others . Here he shows splendidly the impressive landscapes from Benidorm , surroundings, and Miami .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Bigas Luna , following his particular style , plenty of sex , food references and Salvador Dali homages including some surrealist dream sequences . Bigas Luna was born on March 19, 1946 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Joan Bigas Luna . He was a Bon Vivant who along with his wife, produced wine, ham, and organic products ; they are well shown in his films . He was a writer and director, known for ¨Jamón, Jamón¨ (1992), ¨Huevos de Oro¨ or ¨Golden eggs¨ (1993) "The Chambermaid on the Titanic" , ¨Angustia¨ or ¨Anguish¨ (1987) , ¨The tit and the moon¨ , ¨Volaverunt¨ , ¨Yo soy La Juani¨, ¨Di , Di Hollywwod¨ among others . He's also an expert on murky atmosphere such as proved in ¨Caniche¨ , ¨Tatuaje¨, ¨Bilbao¨ , ¨Anguish¨ and ¨Reborn¨. Luna discovered actors Ariadna Gil, Leonor Watling , Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz . He sadly died recently on April 6, 2013 in Tarragona, Catalonia . This film ¨Golden Eggs¨ is stylishly photographed and smartly designed and here Bigas Luna delivers his ordinary and erotic goods with nice sense of style . The picture will appeal to Javier Bardem , Maribel Verdu fans and Bigas Luna buffs.

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