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BOX OFFICE Spain

Almodóvar effect finds ally in Sex, Party and Lies

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Almodóvar effect finds ally in Sex, Party and Lies

As the Spanish film waited with bated breath for the results of Pedro Almodóvar’s new work, Broken Embraces [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
, an unexpected but welcome surprise came along. Sex, Party and Lies [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
rose to the top of last weekend’s box office rankings, a feat that has not been achieved by a 100% Spanish production since February 2008.

The success enjoyed by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes’ film (see news) lies in an enthusiastic response from young viewers, who normally shun Spanish works. With the €1.79m it earned in its first three days on release, Sex, Party and Lies would have been the tenth best-performing film of 2008.

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Less surprising are the excellent results garnered by Broken Embraces by Almodóvar (see news), who is a safe Spanish box office bet. The film has amassed €2.3m in two weeks, although the takings are lower than those of his previous film, Volver [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile
]
(€3.9m), for the same period.

(Translated from Spanish)

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