Bajarse al Moro (1988) from Tuna

Bajarse al Moro (1988), AKA Going South Shopping is a hippie era comedy set in Madrid.

Chusa (Verónica Forqué) is a fun-loving resident of Madrid, who enjoys her policeman boyfriend (Antonio Banderas), and smoking weed. To supplement her income, she makes trips to Morocco and smuggles hash in her body cavities. Her young friend Elena (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) is recruited to help, but since she is a virgin, she doesn't have the same carrying capacity.


Aitana Sánchez-Gijón: we see her breasts while she's trying on clothes, and again in a first abortive attempt to lose her virginity. Finally there is a full frontal after sex with Banderas
Undaunted by this obstacle, Chusa talks a reluctant Banderas into taking Elena's virginity. Big mistake, because the two like each other. Throw in a priest next door, and some bad guys, and the film looked hilarious. Unfortunately, there were no subtitles. Since this was based on a play, I didn't get most of the dialogue, which contained much of the humor.
not available in region 1
It doesn't take fluency in Spanish to appreciate the extensive nudity from Aitana Sánchez-Gijón in a scene which is the humorous peak of the film. She was 20 at the time this film was made, and looks amazing. Now, at age 33, she is still going strong, with 35 credits. She has also served as president of the Spanish equivalent of the MPAA. I think nude film experience should be required for members of the rating board.

The Critics Vote

  • no English reviews online.

  • nominated for six Goyas, including both main actresses and "best adapted screenplay".

The People Vote ...


IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+. Were there a dubbed or sub-titled version available, the score would be higher, but as it is, it is a solid genre Spanish comedy. I was able to enjoy several humorous situations and some physical humor despite my very poor Spanish skills. 

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