Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bigas Luna|
|Produced by||Andrés Vicente Gómez|
|Written by||Cuca Canals|
Quim Monzó (Dialogue)
|Music by||Nicola Piovani|
|Cinematography||José Luis Alcaine|
|Edited by||Teresa Font|
|Distributed by||United States Academy Entertainment Inc|
Jamón Jamón (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈmoŋ xaˈmon]; English: Ham, Ham) is a 1992 Spanish comedy/drama film directed by Bigas Luna and starring Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollá and Penélope Cruz in her debut film. It centers on a young woman named Silvia played by Cruz. The movie engages in word play and pun and rhapsodises on the juxtaposition of old and new in Spain and many other emotional contrasts such as erotic desire and food.
In a lone building on a busy road going through an arid desert in Spain, the beautiful Silvia spends her evenings making potato omelettes to sell at the factory where she works sewing men's underwear. Her mother Carmen works as a prostitute in a roadside brothel nearby. José Luis, pampered son of the factory owners, has been seeing Silvia on the side and when she tells him she has missed two periods, he picks up a soda can tab from the ground to serve as an engagement ring and promises he will stand by her. He cannot promise marriage until he can convince his wealthy parents that she will be a suitable bride.
Appalled, his mother Conchita refuses approval and his father Manuel refuses to intervene. Conchita then decides to get rid of Silvia, who she considers worthless, by having somebody seduce her. She picks Raúl, a swaggering aspiring bullfighter who models part-time, but after being repulsed a few times Raúl becomes genuinely smitten by Silvia and he starts to enjoy her attention. Alarmed at the failure of her ploy, and now desiring the virile Raúl for herself, Conchita gives him a motorcycle (a Yamaha FZR600) so that he will be her lover instead.
Enraged by all this, José Luis nearly rapes Silvia because he seeks revenge on Raúl, and she lets him have his way with her. Desperate to keep Raúl, Conchita has sex with him at the isolated ham warehouse that she supervises when a furious José Luis arrives. The two young men engage in a duel with hams as weapons, at the end of which José Luis is killed and Raúl badly wounded. As Conchita is weeping over her injured lover, her husband Manuel arrives with Silvia and the two comfort each other, he having lost his son and she her fiancé. Then Silvia's mother Carmen turns up to embrace the corpse of José Luis, her lost son-in-law and (in her professional capacity) client. In a timeless moment, across the desert a shepherd herds a flock of sheep.
- Penélope Cruz as Silvia
- Javier Bardem as Raúl Gonzales
- Jordi Mollà as José Luis
- Stefania Sandrelli as Conchita, José Luis' mother
- Anna Galiena as Carmen, Silvia's mother
- Juan Diego as Manuel, José Luis' father
- Tomás Penco as Jose Gabrieles, Raúl's friend
"Házmelo otra vez" (Concha Valdés Miranda)