Jamón, Jamón directed by Bigas Luna
This 1992 classic by Bigas Luna is the most Spanish movie there ever was! First and foremost it features lots of ham, the titular jamón that Spaniards are so proud of and love. It's also set against the backdrop of a giant Osborne bull, references Goya in its climatic scene and stars Penélope Cruz (in her first role) and Javier Bardem as... a bull-fighter, of course! The story is as ludacris as one should expect from the post-Franco period, when filmmakers finally were able to show whatever they wanted on screen, instead of having to obey to the rules of a dictatorship in a Catholic country. Penélope Cruz plays Silvia, the lover of wealthy mama's boy José Luis, whose dad has an affair with Silvia's mother. José Luis' mother at the same time hires Raúl (Bardem) to steal Silvia away from José Luis (who, by the way, hast lost his virginity to Silvia's mom), only to fall for Raúl's archaic sex appeal, while José Luis' dad lusts for Silvia.... lots of sex and ham fights ensue. It's corny, it's ridiculous and more than a bit trashy, but just as the visit of a Spanish bar or a museo del jamon (a bar/restaurant/butcher shop, no museum!) it's everything you could ask for when it comes to unpretentious fun!