a film by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes
2001 | 104 mins | Spain
›› I Love You Baby
just how far would you go to reclaim your man?
I Love You Baby by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes Love 'em, leave 'em, well not in this case, as this inventive romantic comedy from Spain prompts the question of just how far would you go to reclaim your man?

For into the city of Madrid arrives Marcos; a rural boy at heart who is soon to find himself swept off his feet by avid Culture Club fan and aspiring actor Daniel and a seductive kiss that hitherto turns his sexual orientation to areas previously unknown. Only just as Marcos is getting a-liking for sexual intimacy of the man-on-man kind, a crashing disco mirror ball turns our boy straight and thereafter into the all too willing arms of Marisol; a Dominican single mother who has had the hots for Marcos ever since the first day she saw him - only for him to fail to notice her. Until now, that is.

Becoming increasingly desperate to put an end to Marcos' liking for the feminine charms of Marisol and in turn her company of Latina friends, Daniel turns to his best friend Carmen for advice on how to reclaim his man. And put it this way, if Marcos now has a-liking for the female form, then boy is he in for a surprise!

I Love You Baby by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes Built around a real life incident in 1998 that saw Boy George hit by a disco ball that fell from the ceiling of the Bournemouth International Centre, this light-hearted comedy with a difference in answering the central question it poses, equally touches upon the themes of sexual experimentation, the differing personal tastes that constitute a relationship, let alone the issue of whether or not it is truly wise to pursue someone who in this instance, clearly no longer desires your company, nor for that matter your sexuality. Yet any deeper concerns are cast aside, as the whole scenario is played for laughs - screwball style.

Sure it's not without fault, laden down as it is with one too many scenes of Marisol (Tiaré Scanda) and her circle of friends. But that aside into the mix are some genuine hilarious moments, most notably from Santiago (Don't Tell Anyone) Magill as Daniel and Verónica Forqué who as Carmen frankly steals the show, easily outshining Spanish star Jorge Sanz who somehow as the object of both homosexual and heterosexual desire fails to exert the screen charisma, let alone the sexual sparkle that would have both men and women waiting in line to sample his manly charms. As to the charms of Boy George and just where his noted cameo appearance fits into the plot; well and as Andy Williams may have put it, it's just too good to be true!
screened as part of the 17th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2003
starring: Jorge Sanz, Santiago Magill, Tiaré Scanda, Verónica Forqué, Joel Angelino,
Laura Ramos, Alicia Agut, Marilyn Torres, Nacho San Pedro, Jacobo Domínguez
cameo appearance by Boy George
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