Asfalto
Violence à trois
in Daniel Calparsoro
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This chapter discusses Calparsoro's film Asfalto. Critics as usual offered a mixed reaction to the film, but it garnered a fair amount of praise, getting a better reception than A ciegas, and with some justice as it is a better film. Although critical reception of Asfalto was not, then, unanimously positive, it still had good things to say about Calparsoro's achievements. Asfalto certainly is a better film in terms of a more polished technique, suggesting that Calparsoro was continuing to learn his craft. The critique of Asfalto comes at a time when there is still a sense of confidence in a youthful industry that has now consolidated itself. Calparsoro himself describes the film as his most sensual and romantic so far, although he implicitly contradicts Palacios in saying that the story is not an epic but rather is about how sensuality can be found anywhere—including, presumably, the back streets of Madrid.

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