A spaced-out attempt at an X-ray of Spanish youth.

A spaced-out attempt at an X-ray of Spanish youth, “Lies and Fat Women” takes a darker turn away from the purely kitsch hijinks of helmers Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes’ earlier work. Pic has an aimlessness that seems to unwittingly reflect that of its often drug-addled protags, and — with more characters than it can handle, no plot to speak of and copious nudity — is best described as a curiously compelling mess. Terrific B.O. at home since its late March release was generated mainly by its plethora of big tube names.

Buddies Nico (Yon Gonzalez) and Toni (Mario Casas) head for a summer music festival. Pic traces their rocky relationship — Toni is secretly in love with Nico — while also scrutinizing the tribulations of wannabe musician Carlos (Hugo Silva), closeted lesbian Marina (Ana Polovorosa), neurotic, overweight Paz (Miriam Giovanelli) and drug dealer Sonia (Marieta Orozco), among others. To a constant backdrop of chill-out music, the characters drag themselves from bed to bed in search of happiness that seems impossible. Script started out as a comedy, but humor is overwhelmed by the young protags’ nihilistic lack of purpose.

Lies and Fat Girls

Spain

Production

A Sony Pictures Releasing Spain release of a Castafiore Films, Tornasol Films production, with participation of TVE. (International sales: Castafiore, Alicante). Produced by Gerardo Herrero. Executive producer, Francisco Ramos. Directed by Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes. Screenplay, Albacete, Menkes, Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde.

Crew

Camera (color), Alfredo F. Mayo; editor, Fernando Pardo; music, Juan Sueiro, Juan Carlos Molina. Reviewed at Cines Princesa, Madrid, April 14, 2009. Original title: Mentiras y gordas. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Yon Gonzalez, Mario Casas, Hugo Silva, Ana Polovorosa, Miriam Giovanelli, Marieta Orozco.
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