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108 minutes

A self-important newspaper columnist (José Sacristán) attempts to seduce a naive young writing student (Maria Valverde) and ends up locked in a bathroom with her overnight. David Trueba, who wrote and directed this cerebral Spanish drama (2011), keeps the conversation fluid despite the cramped setting, and he achieves some moments of genuine eroticism. His lead characters are fully realized, if never exactly likable; the film offers some solid insights into Spanish history and the writing process, but you might not feel like putting up with these people in order to hear them. In Spanish with subtitles.

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