Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Salma Hayak, José Mota, Santiago Segura, Carolina Bang, Nacho Vigalondo, Blanca Portillo
No one can accuse Spanish filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia of sticking to one formula. Last year, the acclaimed writer-director checked in with the completely bizarre freak-show The Last Circus, in which circus clowns tote machine guns and burn their faces off with acid. In 2012, de la Iglesia softens a bit with As Luck Would Have It, though normalcy certainly hasn’t earned his interests yet.
Salma Hayek, seemingly back in leading woman form, plays a happily married wife who’s forced to carry her family’s responsibilities when her husband (José Mota) gets sidelined by an accident that leaves him both near death and a sudden media icon. Touching on themes of morbidity as much as it does matters of love, As Luck Would Have It sounds exactly like the kind of melodramatic film that could appeal to far more than merely tear-jerking saps. Worst case, use it an excuse to reacquaint yourself with Salma Hayek’s epic mammaries. What, self-respecting cinephiles have hormones, too.
To find out more: As Luck Would Have It