Ibiza Dream

The lives of three lifelong friends on the Spanish island of Ibiza are explored in a film which, although apparently a thinly fictionalized true story, nevertheless comes across as a series of predictable cliches. Despite the idyllic setting and attractive actors, "Ibiza Dream" isn't original enough, or memorable enough, to travel far.

With:
With: Adria Collado, Paco Marin, Adriana Dominguez, Enric Majo, Mario Vedoya, Cesar Vea, Ernesto Arango, Claudia Gravi, Enriqueta Carballeira.

The lives of three lifelong friends on the Spanish island of Ibiza are explored in a film which, although apparently a thinly fictionalized true story, nevertheless comes across as a series of predictable cliches. Despite the idyllic setting and attractive actors, “Ibiza Dream” isn’t original enough, or memorable enough, to travel far.

As children, Carlos, Nacho and Chica were inseparable, and both the boys loved the fun-loving girl. Years pass, and Nacho (Adria Collado) returns from India, having found Enlightenment, hoping to resume his relationship with Chica (Adriana Dominguez), now a doctor. But she has found a new lover, and while Nacho sets up a meditation center he hangs out with Carlos (Paco Marin), who is involved with a gay painter (Enric Majo). Still, the three friends find time to go swimming and picnicking together. Time passes, Chica goes to work in Mozambique, Carlos develops AIDS and Nacho broods about lost innocence and opportunities. Though nicely packaged, and with a bright music score, pic has very little to say about these unfulfilled characters who, though they live in the most beautiful surroundings, fritter their lives away.

Ibiza Dream

Spain

Production: A Maestranza Films production. (International sales: Maestranza Films, Seville.) Produced by Antonio P. Perez. Directed, written by Igor Fioravanti.

Crew: Camera (color), Miguel Leal; editor, Nacho Ruiz Capillas; music, Jose Padilla; production designer, Pablo Alonso; costume designer, Amparo Utrilla. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 15, 2002. Original title: El sueno de Ibiza. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Adria Collado, Paco Marin, Adriana Dominguez, Enric Majo, Mario Vedoya, Cesar Vea, Ernesto Arango, Claudia Gravi, Enriqueta Carballeira.

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