September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Baton Rouge

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas
genre
Foreign Language, Drama, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a B

Take two parts Double Indemnity, one part Diabolique, a dash of both Looking for Mr. Goodbar and The Grifters, toss lightly with Spanish seasoning, and simmer for 94 minutes. The result is Baton Rouge, a hash of a film noir that nevertheless goes down pretty easily thanks to flavorful performances by Banderas as a conniving gigolo, Abril as his doctor accomplice, and Carmen Maura as the wealthy woman at the center of their scheme. And it’s spicy, too: Director Rafael Moleon makes the sex scenes inventive and plentiful (ah, those Europeans!). Unfortunately, the first and last half hours suffer from often confusing plot twists, so keep the remote at the ready to get the most out of this tasty but overdone morsel. B

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