Slyly Amusing - A Ribald Sex Farce of Considerable Imagination


Barcelona, 1913.   

Alma is perhaps one of the most modern women of her day. Her father, Dr. Mira, is the nation’s foremost neurosurgeon. Her husband, Dr. Leon Pardo, also practices medicine as a psychiatrist. This summer, he visited Vienna and became a follower of the revolutionary Dr. Sigmund Freud and his extraordinarily scandalous, advanced theories about hysteria and sexuality.

It all starts the afternoon Alma comes home and finds her husband in tears, about to disappear from her life and everyone else’s. Giving no more explanation than a few incoherent mumbles, Leon runs off, leaving Alma alone and about to give birth.

Salvador is Alma’s brother-in-law and a psychiatrist as well.  Despite the fact that he is married to her sister, Salvador, a much more conservative man than Leon, is deeply in love with Alma. That is why he cannot refuse when Alma asks him to help her find her missing husband, even though logic warns him he is getting into a terrible mess.

The only clue they have is a manuscript about hysteria and female sexuality based on four patients:


An actress with a persecution complex,

a psychotic woman who tried to murder her husband,

a woman with a serious crisis concerning her sexual identity…

and a stranger who has discovered a terrible secret about her past.

Following those signs, Alma and Salvador start a Sherlock Holmes kind of adventure, where hypnosis, love, danger, and every imaginable taboo are all intertwined.



HBO Comedy Arts Festival                Sundance Film Festival 2005
Best Foreign Language Film              Grand Jury Prize Nominee

Goya Awards 2005 (Spanish Academy Awards)
Nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress
Best Costume Design
, Best Make-up and Hair, Best Original Score

“A delirious bedroom farce… bracingly literate.”
--Stephen Holden, NYTimes

Slyly amusing. 
A ribald sex farce of considerable imagination
and inspired wackiness... sustained effortlessly by 
the charismatic Watling and Tosar.

--Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times

Watling is a revelation of divine proportions; as she and Tosar dance through the delicate maze of narrative tripwires laid by Orístrell and cowriters Teresa De Pelegri and Dominic Harari, viewers are likely to feel as if they are legitimately watching the birth of a star. The picture’s broader joys, however, come from its clever fusion of Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, finally polished with Orístrell’s fluid style and impeccable production values. It’s a welcome and long overdue reminder that great Iberian cinema does not begin and end with Almodóvar.
--Wade Major, L.A. City Beat

Smart, sexy, wacky and graceful 
--Gene Seymour - Newsday

Grade A
A tightly plotted masterpiece zinging with witty barbs and 
profound thoughts on man in an early age of enlightenment. 
Sometimes a movie is just a movie, but Unconscious is 
an enchanting Spanish film destined to captivate and amuse American audiences. 
Mike Buzzelli, Campus Circle

A joy to watch... UNCONSCIOUS is a little gem

--Digby Lewis, BBC

Sparkling dialogue and superb performances...
Crackles with an underlying passion.

--Nikki Baughan, Film Review

A delightful comic farce. It’ll have you in stitches.
The funniest Spanish film since El Crimen Ferpecto.
-NYC Movie Guru

One of the most visually stunning and
original movies to come along in a while.

--Ted Murphy - Murphy's Movie Reviews

Smart, exceedingly charming. A true joy.

What makes Unconscious a true joy, though, is the 
dexterity with which its sly historical insight and subtle 
humanism combine to both celebrate and chide modernism.  
--Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York.

A delightfully bonkers, and deceptively smart comedy.
-- Demetrios Matheou, Sunday London Herald 

Don’t let this movie slip away.
It's a quirky little Spanish sex comedy, 
brilliantly scripted, beautifully put together.
 Paolo Cabrelli, Stylus Magazine

Unconscious promises to slip into your subconscious
and sweeten your day. 

It's the very definition of a quirky Spanish sex comedy... 
Unconscious rattles taboos and wallows in slapstick.
Michael Leaverton, San Francisco Weekly 

a winningly playful mix of farce and Freud ...
"Unconscious" is the ticket to a romp 
through the psychopathology of everyday life.
--Jay Carr, AM New York

A delightful screwball sex comedy...highly satisfying. 
—Gary M. Kramer, In LA Magazine

Watling and Tosar are superb and it's undeniably great fun.

--Patrick Peters,  Empire

An absolutely delightful movie... 
funny, wonderfully romantic and sexy ... 
the repartee comes fast and sharp, 
the visuals are sumptuous and the actors lovely... see it twice
- Tim Cogshell , Box Office Review

Clever wit, a charming cast and a unique stylishness...
beautifully crafted and a truly memorable 
Indie that viewers will simply fall in love with.

-- Peter Dimako.  

A frothy confection of history, sex and romance.

--Ian Winterton, Hotdog

Apple-cheeked Almodóvar vet Leonor Watling rules the reels 
Michelle Devereaux SF Bay Guardian

A breathless, vibrant sex comedy.
-Jamie Russell, Total Film
Works as farce, intricately designed love story, 
family melodrama, and portrait of society 
not too different from our own....
Watling [is] born to the role of a screwball comedy heroine.
Gregg Rickman, San Francisco Weekly

 hard to resist.... charmingly fantastic
-Katey Rich, Film Journal International

You will laugh from corners of your subconscious
you didn't know you had.     

--Cole Smithey

As unpredictable and comic as the best of Oscar Wilde’s plays...oozes atmosphere from every single frame...perfectly executed
--Boyd van Hoeij,

"Unconscious" is a romantic rouge-noir, if you will,
hidden in the velveteen folds of sumptuous early 
20th century society, marked by appealingly indecent taboo
 and wonderful farce
. With invitingly anachronistic characters, 
witty dialogue and an interesting historical-fiction twist, 
its warm humor and intriguing plot make it 
a nearly perfect mixture of heart and mind. 
--Chandler Ford, Daily Trojan

A very amusing film
--John Esther, ErosZine