Pantaleón y las visitadoras

Pantaleón y las visitadoras

Country: Peru
Release Date: 30 June 2000
Genre(s): Comedy
Director: Francisco José Lombardi
Cast: Salvador Del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem, Gianfranco Brero, Tatiana Astengo
Awards: Viña del Mar Film Festival: Audience Award; Gramado Film Festival: Audience Award - Best Latin Film

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Pantaleón y las visitadoras

Pantaleón y las visitadoras - scenePantaleón y las visitadoras is a 2000 Spanish-Peruvian co-production directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. It is based on the eponymous comic novel by acclaimed Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. The film was chosen as Peru’s official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not manage to receive a nomination.


Plot

The plot follows Captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a straightlaced army captain put in charge of creating a brothel for the army, in order to reduce the incidence of rape surrounding army bases and outposts. The first half of the movie focuses on the humor of the situation, as Pantaleon runs the brothel like an efficient branch of the army. The second half is more dramatic as the captain is changed by running the army brothel and focuses on his relationship with the prostitute Olga “the Colombian”.


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Data Sheet

Directed by: Francisco José Lombardi
Produced by: José Enrique Crousillat
Cast: Salvador Del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem, Gianfranco Brero, Tatiana Astengo…
Written by: Giovanna Pollarolo, Enrique Moncloa and Mario Vargas Llosa (novel)
Music by: Bingen Mendizábal
Release date: 30 June 2000
Running time: 144 minutes
Country: Peru
Language: Spanish

Amazon’s Customers Reviews

A Thoroughly Entertaining Film from Peru By Grady Harp
PANTALEON Y LAS VISITADORAS (Pantaleon and the “Visitors”) is a completely satisfying cinematic conversion of the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa by the excellent Director Francisco Lombardi. The film is so successful in telling the tale of a traveling boat of prostitutes who are engaged by the Peruvian Army to provide ‘outlets’ for the soldiers quartered in the jungles of the Amazon (and have been abusing the local women) that what first appears to be a hilarious comedy becomes a rather profound statement about one man’s ideals and his dedication to authority: the perfect Military Officer.

Captain Panteleon Pantoja (Salvador del Solar) is such an excellent organizer and dedicated officer that he is the one chosen by all of the top military officials to resolve the problem of addressing the sexual needs of the isolated Peruvian soldiers. He organizes, with the help of a brothel owner Chuchupe (Pilar Bardem), a carefully screened cadre of ‘ladies of the night or visitadors’, has ‘uniforms’ made, and arranges a military post where the ‘Visitadors’ are brought in by boat to service the eager soldiers. The project is an enormous success in every way. Pantaleon is obsessed with his project, much to the neglect of his wife Pocha (Monica Sanchez), and is eventually drawn into an indiscretion with one of the Visitadors called La Colombiana (the steamy Angie Cepeda). From there things begin to lose humor, the project is made public by the wily, disgusting radio talk show host El Sinchi (played to the hilt by Aristoteles Picho!), and ultimately comedy turns to tragedy. The real interest of this film is how despite the ultimate failure of the project, our by-the-book Panteleon manages to find a way to bounce back! A satisfying surprise ending to a fine ‘message film’. The cinematography is superb, the jungles of the Amazon have not felt so steamy since “The African Queen” jungles, and the acting is intelligent, terse, and informed. There is much to celebrate in this excellent film, not the least of which are the many underlying motives that wear strange costumes but reveal universal truths. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Dedication put to the test By Jonathan L. Stewart
Hilarious, sultry and clever, this film traces the adventures of the dedicated Peruvian Army Captain Pantoja, who is sent by his higher-ups to an assignment deep in the jungle. It seems the soldiers there have been raping local women, due to the well-accepted fact that the jungle boils a man’s desire out of control. Pantoja’s secret task is to form a government-sponsored brothel to keep the men’s libidos in check. With characteristic thoroughness, and at first reluctantly, Pantoja analyzes every aspect of the job, exhaustively researching human sexuality with a scholar’s detachment. This leads him to many insights into accomplishing his task in the most efficient manner possible. One example: the provision of pornographic material to a soldier waiting for his “visit” reduces his average “visit time” by 36 seconds, thus allowing a “visitor” to service six more soldiers during her shift, and reducing cost accordingly.

Unfortunately for Pantoja, the operation becomes too efficient and eventually draws the attention of a corrupt local radio personality. The dignity that Pantoja bestows upon his employees irks his superiors, and they too turn on him.

Llosa’s original novel is brought to life delightfully, and the film is highly entertaining, especially for one familiar with Latin American culture.

Original and Well Executed By S. Sommerville
Great Peruvian film here!

It is about a clean-cut, obediant captain in the Peruvian army who is assigned to go undercover as a businessman near a far-off army base where the soldiers have been causing havoc in the nearby city, raping women (since there are no women in the land where they are stationed. The captain (who is a loyal husband and soon-to-be father, spearheads a business in which prostitutes are brought down the Amazon River and are paid to provide “renderings” to the soldiers.

Alot of the drama in this dark comedy/drama comes from “La Colombiana,” an extremely beautiful “visitadora” whom becomes a favorite of the soldiers and her boss.

This made my wife and I laugh out at several parts, though lovers of drama will more than likely appreciate this piece more than those who are just looking for a few laughs. The acting is impeccable, the script was witty, but not overdone, the film quality was great (much better than I had expected considering not many Peruvian films make it into the US market).
A Must-See!!

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Pantaleón y las visitadoras is a 2000 Spanish-Peruvian co-production directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. It is based on the eponymous comic novel by acclaimed Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. The film was chosen as Peru’s official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not...
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