Mar 21, 2021

The Impeccable Sinner (1987)


(Original Title: El pecador impecable) A forty-year-old virgin goes on with his life after the death of his overbearing mother.  For the first time he contends with an active sex life and three women who want to marry him... but he only has eyes for a fifteen-year-old rollergirl (!).

Honorio Sigüenza (Alfredo Landa) lives with his overbearing mother Dona Aurora (Rafaela Aparicio)

They even get ready together each morning; he's totally under her thumb and doesn't live his own life.

He works at the family business, a shoe store, with his mother and cousin Beni (Chus Lampreave).

Valeria (Sofía L. Cifuentes), a young girl of fifteen, skates by with her friend. Honorio is infatuated with the girl who is oblivious to his gaze.

At lunch, Dona Aurora has a stroke and dies.

At the funeral, Beni stands by their audacious neon Mary statue.

Marta (Alicia Sánchez) is one of the grievers. 

Marta consoles Honorio who is crying "alone.. forever"... and one thing leads to another.

Honorio is still fixated on the baker's daughter, Valeria.

Cousin Beni always assumed they'd get married once he was able to separate from his mother, but she finds Honorio distracted by other women.... a trait he never exhibited before.

Marta makes a return visit.

The next morning, Honorio is filled with guilt and regret.

He pulls the covers down and finds Marta is naked.  What have I done?

He says a rosary. "It's not possible.  In my mother's bed!"

Alicia Sánchez began in independent theater, then was in a bunch of movies from the mid-seventies through the eighties before moving to television. In the early nineties she became a professor at ECAM (Official School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of Madrid) and then a bunch of institutions including Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Teatro del Mundo School (where she was the director), Institut del Teatre catalan; and in Cuba, at the San Antonio de Baños Cultural Center.

Honorio is having difficulty coming to terms with his sex life and the steadfast religion he has been ruled by for forty years.  

Tensions with Beni escalate.

Honorio becomes involved with a widowed hairdresser, Mercedes (Queta Claver).

Also, there's María (Julieta Serrano).

María introduces him to her older sister, who's unfriendly and suspicious.

They take turns using the bathroom, Honorio first...

María next, and for some reason we are shown Julieta Serrano going through the process.

María cries, Honorio enters the bathroom and we get a hilarious situation where they're having a deep conversation while she's still on the throne.

María gives him a blow job, which basically kills him.

Poor Honorio is put in a taxi.  A doctor recommends he moderate his suddenly active sex life.

Still in conflict.

Tensions continue to build with Beni and things begin to swirl out of control on all fronts.

He goes out with Mercedes.

It turns out, she likes her sex rough, with whips.

One fateful night, Valeria (Sofía L. Cifuentes) comes to the shoe store.

Honorio helps her try on shoes.  She is oblivious to his raging hard-on.

Honorio starts to get handsy, but has a damn heart attack.

Desperate, Honorio visits his mother's grave.  His main problem is that he doesn't know what to do without her making a decision for him.

Another hilarious scene as a hot griever is carrying water for the flowers.

Honorio innocently wants to take the pail and she freaks the fuck out.

She runs to her father's side who fucking has a heart attack over the situation.

Marta is back.

She misinterprets his words and thinks he's requested she take her clothes off.  He begs her not to, but she won't listen.

Things come to a climax when all three women (Marta, Mercedes and María) converge in his bedroom.

This causes Honorio to stroke out.

A barely coherent stroke victim now, Beni is easily able to get him to marry her.

The cherry on top to his misery is, when they line up for a wedding photo, Valeria skates by. THE END

Not nearly as sleazy as I was hoping for, but way funnier than I thought it would be.  Alfredo Landa is a comic genius, and the gags are on point.  It isn't a fast-and-furious comedy; it takes its time - but each "punchline" is worth the wait. It felt like a Blake Edwards comedy if that makes sense - with long stretches of subtle drama punctuated with uproarious physical comedy.


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