AIRBAG sets out to be frenzied, fun, and daring .. .Th1s third, long
awaited feature from 30-year-old helmer Juanma Baja Ullos is a
$6 million postmodern comedy thriller that shows equal traces of
John Woo and Quentin Tarantino ...w ithout neglecting the quirky
kitsch of Pedro Almodovar...With a speaking cast of more than 50,
the pie thinks big both visually and conceptually.
Nerdy mommy's boy Juantxo, the kind of guy who falls in love
with a hooker on his stag night, is engageed to be married.
Dragged unwillingly along to a party by friends, he loses the
pricey wedding ring to a prostitute. The ring is found by a
Mafioso wh·o owns the whorehouses along the North Coast. The
rest of the pie charts the frenzied three-day attemps by Juantxo
and his pals to recover the ring as they hurtle around northern
AIRBAG successfully revels in its own indie-style cleverness and
breathless sense of self-parody, with Baja Ulloa reserving the best
moments for telling details amongst the genre-mixing anarchy.
AIRBAG confirms his status as one of the key Spanish helmers of
the 90's.-Jonathan Holland, VARIETY
Butterfly Wings 1990; The Dead Mother 1992
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