The Brief Lovers Spain 2013 – 90min.
Los amantes pasajeros
Pedro Almodóvar gets first class passengers drunk and threatens their flight with disaster.
Pedro Almodóvar makes a disaster movie as a comedy. In the first class cabin of a passenger plane to Mexico are four men, three women and their gay flight attendants. The female cabin crew and the passengers in economy have been drugged with sleeping pills and won't be waking up until the end of the movie. Due to a technical problem, the pilots try making an emergency landing over Spain, but due to sports and political events almost all landing strips are closed. The plane is forced to circle the country, while the crew tries to forestall panic among the passengers by plying them with alcohol, mescaline and dance routines.
Despite the usually popular Almodóvar mix of shrill characters, wild stories, 80's colors and a great soundtrack, this movie doesn't manage to get off the ground. By concentrating on such existential questions as whether men or women are better at giving blow-jobs, Pedro Almodóvar sticks to the level of clichés where in the past he would have offered an exceptional story. Los Amantes Pasajero doesn't manage to evenly balance tragedy and comedy, so instead of moving entertainment the result is slapstick situation comedy.