Case Study: Jamón, Jamón

The mother of the female lead works in a small roadside brothel in a dusty part of Spain. All the clubes de autovia that I have seen or heard of, however, have been beside motorways, sometimes with complex slip-road systems. A sex bar beside this mere two-lane highway, albeit one heavily trafficked by huge container trucks, seems less likely, but it would have been much harder to film along a real motorway. At any rate the name of the establishment, “Club Lovers”, is entirely typical. We do not see much of the action. The girls seem cheerful enough, as they often are in reality. I have indeed seen a parrot in a brothel, but not in Spain, and not one that was a part of the striptease.

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