Golden Balls

1993 [SPANISH]

Comedy / Drama

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.1/10 10 3888 3.9K

Director

Top cast

Benicio Del Toro as El amigo de Miami
Javier Bardem as Benito González
Maribel Verdú as Claudia
Alessandro Gassman as El amigo de Melilla
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851.33 MB
1280*544
Spanish 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
Seeds 5
1.54 GB
1920*816
Spanish 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
Seeds 15

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by crculver 6 / 10

A tragedy, told in an over-the-top fashion celebrating Iberian food and stereotypes, where one man's hubris leads to his downfall

Bigas Luna's 1993 film HUEVOS DE ORO ("Golden Balls/Eggs", a title punning on both the goose that laid the golden eggs and a tough guy's balls of steel) depicts the rise and fall of Benito Gonzalez (Javier Bardem), a young Spanish construction worker who becomes an affluent real estate developer on the Mediterranean coast.

After being jilted by his first girlfriend (Elisa Tovati), who leaves him for his best friend, Benito develops a mania for building the tallest building in Benidorm, which may be seen as little more than an enormous phallic symbol flaunting his manhood. Obsessed with this big construction project, his lust for his next woman, Claudia (Maribel Verdú) takes second place to having her sleep with potential investors to win them over. Benito then marries a banker's daughter, Marta (Maria de Medeiros) to have access to her father's funds. Benito lives a life of sexual excess and enormous consumption of food, especially the Alicante sweet known as torron. Like some of the work of Almodovar, Bigas Luna clearly likes riffing on Spanish stereotypes and regional differences.

Ultimately, however, Benito's hubris leads to his downfall. This protagonist is certainly an odious guy, but -- though I won't spoil the ending -- the depths to which he is ultimately sunk inspire a perverse sympathy in the viewer. Years went by between my first viewing of this film and the second, but in the interim I would often look back on this film's plot and ending scenes, thinking of how sad it was to lose everything and end up that way.

HUEVOS DE ORO isn't an especially deep film, but that dramatic arc, hewing very close to classical notions of tragedy, is impressive and I'd say this film is worth a watch.

Reviewed by jotix100 7 / 10

C.O. Jones!

Benito is an ambitious man. We meet him as he is doing his military service in Melilla, a Spanish possession in Northern Africa. His dream is to erect the biggest skyscraper in Benidorm, where high rises are everywhere. Benito has deeply set obsessions, and a deep sense of smell. Rita, who is his local girlfriend, has a peculiar odor he loves. Benito's other obsession has to do with the weight of his women. Rita, who only weighs 47 kilos is an ideal sexual partner.

After the army, Benito lands in Benidorm, where he wants to build his dream high rise. He is just full of air since he doesn't have money to back up his ambition. When he meets the lovely Claudia, who is a bit heavy, at 52 kilos, his luck begins to change. When he asks a bank to finance his construction, he meets resistance. After all, the wise banker sees right through the young man.

The banker's daughter, Marta, who is a slender woman weighing 45 kilos, takes an interest in Benito. They eventually marry. Benito, who also convinces a money man to invest in his building, starts building his dream. Marta, who suspects Benito is having affairs behind her back, gets proof of her suspicions when she finds intimate apparel that Claudia, in a fit of anger puts in Benito's jacket. Benito, who denies his escapades, finally admits to them and brings Claudia to his bed and Marta accepts the situation and the three begin to have an open relationship.

Unfortunately, Benito's luck begins to unravel. After a tragic accident where Claudia dies, his construction is paralyzed after the big investor pulls out. Benito also has a long convalescence to mend his broken body. At this time Marta, who is fed up with the way things have turned out, gets angry at Benito when he brings a prostitute, Ana, who never reveals her actual weight, as a substitute for Claudia. Benito, ends up losing it all as he and Ana settle in Miami.

Bigas Luna, the director of this film is a man who is not afraid to show raw sex in his movies, as it's the case here. He is making a statement about how Benito misuses his macho magnetism in the way he treats Rita, Claudia and Marta. These women are avenged by Ana, who constantly cheats on him with the hunky gardener. So actually, Benito is reduced to a pathetic figure who doesn't have a penny and sees his world and his ambitions turn against him.

Javier Bardem makes a great impression as Benito. He had already collaborated with Bigas Luna; both actor and director understand one another well, therefore the good results. Maria de Medeiros has a small part, but she makes the best out of her Marta. The gorgeous Maribel Verdu is perhaps the woman who really loved Benito. Elisa Tovati is seen as Rita; Raquel Bianca plays Ana and Benicio del Toro appears briefly as the gardener who is serving Ana.

"Huevos de oro" is not a film for the faint hearted, or the prude. Bigas Luna gives his audience what is expected of him.

Reviewed by DanB-4 8 / 10

Enjoyable, strange, twisted romp from Bigas Luna

Either you like Bigas Luna, or you don't. Huevos de Oro is the middle picture in his trilogy of weird romance films, the other two being the more noted Jamon Jamon and the truly bizarre La Teta y La Luna. All films have breast-obsessed Spanish macho men, sexy young women, love starved 40-ish women, love triangles wrapped around the oddest plots, and the most eyebrow raising sex conversations. All of these films seem to parody the Javier Bardem Spanish macho man character and how he is ultimately ruled by his libido. (The same can be said for most males).

Luna as a director introduced to me to three spectacular, stunning actresses in his films, namely Maria de Mederios, the now famous Penelope Cruz and Mathilda May. He also uses recent Oscar nominee Javier Bardem with great frequency.

In this film, there is a loose plot of a man (Bardem) who wishes to obtain financing for his construction business, and marries a woman he does not love (the wide-eyed Maria de Medieros) in the process. He maintains his passionate relationship with his first and true love, and ultimately gets entangled in his own romantic web. He never gives up his juggling act, until the three main characters come face to face.

What Luna does as a director is take these simple plots and wrap wonderfully strange characters with bizarre obsessions and mannerisms.

This movie has lots of passion, sex, conversation, and twisted romance, all bundled into an enjoyable and unique film. Many will be offended by Luna's unabashed approach to film-making, but this is still a fresh and unique picture. I recommend the three in this series highly. I can not guarantee you will like them, but I can guarantee that you will remember them. ***1/2

out of ****.

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