Gay Essential Films To Watch, I’m So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

I’m So Excited! tells the story of a potential disaster aboard a commercial flight. A technical failure causing the landing gear to malfunction is endangering the lives of the passengers on board Peninsula Flight 2549, bound for Mexico.

The bisexual pilots Benito (Hugo Silva) and Alex (Antonio de la Torre) are trying to find a solution with the help of their colleagues in the control centre. The gay flight attendants, Ulloa (Raul Arevalo), Fajardo (Carlos Areces) and Joserra (Javier Camara) are unusual and flamboyant characters who, while facing danger, are attempting to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves fully to the task in hand, that of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution.

As the economy class passengers have been drugged to make them sleep, there are only a number of characters awake on the plane. These include newlyweds (Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Laya Martí); a banker, Mr. Más (José Luis Torrijo); an actor, Ricardo (Guillermo Toledo),; a mustachioed mystery man, Infante (José María Yazpik); and, a famous dominatrix, Norma (Cecilia Roth).

Life in the aeroplane is just as complicated as it is on terra firma, and for the very same reasons which can be listed under two headings: sex and death.

I’m So Excited!

Critics

“Giving a whole new meaning to the word “cockpit,” Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited! (Los amantes pasajeros) is a raunchy and rowdy throwback to the director’s kinkier efforts from the late ’80s/early ’90s.”
   Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

I’m So Excited! is a slight, likable movie, beautifully designed and charmingly performed. It’s full of amusing and clever touches.”
   Philip French, The Guardian

“I’m So Excited’: Almodóvar’s flight of fancy is worth the trip”
   Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Did You Know?

The Pointer Sisters’ song ‘I’m So Excited’ appears in the film and was the inspiration for the English title.

I’m So Excited! is the 7th collaboration between Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar and the 5th between Penelope Cruz and Almodovar. It is however, the first time that Banderas and Cruz appear in an Almodovar film together. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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