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Di Di Hollywood (2010)

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Dreams of fame take Diana from Madrid to Hollywood. She seems to be on the right path when a powerful agent notices her, but he only wants someone for a sham marriage with a secretly gay star.

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Bigas Luna
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Pataky ... Di Di
Peter Coyote ... Michael Stein
Paul Sculfor ... Steve Richards
Giovanna Zacarías ... Nora
Luis Hacha Luis Hacha ... Robert
Flora Martínez Flora Martínez ... María
Jean-Marie Juan Jean-Marie Juan ... David
Leonardo García Vale ... Aldo (as Leonardo García)
Ben Temple ... Richard Low
Ana Soriano Ana Soriano ... Madre de Diana
Lluís Lu Lluís Lu ... Joel
Marcos Campos Marcos Campos ... Mr. Sushi
Bill Holden Bill Holden ... Hombre canoso
Toni River Toni River ... El Jefe (as Tony River)
Albert Carbó Albert Carbó ... El Titi
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Dreams of fame take Diana from Madrid to Hollywood. She seems to be on the right path when a powerful agent notices her, but he only wants someone for a sham marriage with a secretly gay star.

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15 October 2010 (Spain) See more »

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Originally, this movie was set to be a direct sequel of Yo soy la Juani (2006) with Verónica Echegui reprising her role. For unknowing reasons, the project didn't turn out, so Bigas Luna rewrote it and casted Elsa Pataky. See more »

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Typical Bigas Luna film about a stubborn girl with big dreams as well as aspirations and who suffers successes and flops
9 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Diana (Elsa Pataky) leaves her town to carry out her ¨Dreams of Fame and Fortune¨ . Meanwhile , her friend Maria (Flora Martinez) suffers an abusive relationship she has with her boyfriend . As her ¨Dreams¨ take Diana from Madrid to Miami and later on , Hollywood . After speaking to her mother (Ana Soriano) Diana realizes that she can not give up though she has less Naïve expectations . Diana seems to be on the right path when a powerful agent (Peter Coyote) notices her , and he , commercially , nicknames her as ¨Di Di¨ , but things go wrong when she uncovers a dark secret about her lover . Then , her sweetheart has been snapped getting intimate with a new blond love interest - a man . But she goes on her dream because ¨Di Di is the best¨ , in spite of her way is full of failures and disillusionments.

Entertaining and modern picture -though mediocre- filled with unpleasant roles and concerning a young girl who leaves for Madrid in search of a better life . Second part of Bigas Luna's Trilogy about ambition initiated by ¨Yo Soy La Juani¨ , followed by this one ,¨Di Di Hollywood¨ with Elsa Pataky in a similar role to formerly played by Verónica Echegui . This stirring as well as erotic story is a passionate retelling and moving tale about wishes , lies and disappointments , but including strong sex scenes with loads of nudism . This is a moving tale about ambition , luxury , desire in which a mean young attempts to build her ambitious future : to be a Hollywood actress . The storyline relies heavily on the continued ambition of the starring , including a lot of sexual scenes , almost soft-core , but it doesn't make boring , however the film is fun , but average . As usual in Bigas Luna films , ¨Di Di Hollywood¨ explores the darkest depths of eroticism and Latinos stereotypical , including the Spanish machismo . The moral of the story becomes clear : never forget what you set out to get , despite the struggles that come your way , and never give up on your dreams . So-so acting by Elsa Pataky as an obstinate young whose naïve dreams are soon shattered by the ruthlessness of two dream cities , Miami and Los Angeles , where she has been having a hard time . Decente support cast , such as : Peter Coyote as an ambitious agent who only wants someone for a sham marriage with a secretly gay star , the mistreated Flora Martínez and Paul Sculfor playing a gay smooch , a known actor who was spotted in a same-sex clinch in a Los Angeles swimming pool ; the British hunk Sculfor achieved celebrity status after romancing a string of Hollywood's hottest women , including Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney's former lover Lisa Snowdon . Furthermore , the movie packs a colorful cinematography by Albert Pascual , shot on location Madrid , Miami and Los Angeles . Atmospheric musical score plenty of several songs from famous pop singers .

The motion picture was regularly directed by Bigas Luna , following his particular style . He often uses in his films twisted events , erotic scenes and surrealist images . He was a Bon Vivant who along with his wife , produced wine , ham , and organic products ; they are well shown in his films . For 39 years, under General Francisco Franco's repressive regime , it was almost impossible for Spain to create a vibrant film industry and for talented film-makers to express themselves freely . However, after the death of the Generalissimo in 1975, there was a burst of creativity, with Pedro Almodóvar paving the way for directors such as Bigas Luna , who has died of cancer aged 67 . In 1990 the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez persuaded him to return to cinema and entrusted to him the direction of Las Edades De Lulú (The Ages of Lulu) , an erotic drama about a young woman exploring extreme sexual practices , this was a commercial hit . Without abandoning his dedication to painting and photography , reflected in numerous exhibitions , he began the well-known "Iberian Trilogy" with Jamón Jamón ("Ham, Ham", 1992) , Huevos de Oro ("Golden Balls", 1993) and La Teta y La Luna ("The Tit and the Moon", 1994) which explored the darkest depths of eroticism and stereotypical Spanish machismo . Jamón Jamón, which launched the careers of both Javier Bardem and the 16-year-old Penélope Cruz was a major international success and won the Silver Lion at Venice in 1992 . The latter introduced Penélope Cruz to audiences and launched Javier Bardem as the embodiment of the Spanish stud . "I owe my career to Bigas Luna" , Bardem said in 2001 . Cruz returned in ¨Volavérunt¨ (1999), a film about the relationship between Francisco Goya and the Duchess of Alba . This film ¨Di Di Hollywood ¨ is stylishly photographed and smartly designed and here Bigas Luna delivers his ordinary and erotic goods in cool sense of style , but including a lot of unkindly characters .


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