In Heaven, the last ten years have been tough-Hell has been winning the battle between Good and Evil. The managers of Heaven receive a request by a mother to save her son’s soul and see the possibility of winning the soul of a boxer named Many (Demián Bichir) as an opportunity to shift the balance of power. Although Many is severely in debt and is even thinking of suicide, Lola (Victoria Abril), an angel, is sent to Earth to take over the role of the boxer’s wife. To counter this, Hell’s manager Jack Davenport (Gael García Bernal) decides to send one of his more troublesome agents, Carmen (Penélope Cruz), who was a male ex-gangster punished by being converted into a female waitress, to fight back by impersonating Many’s cousin. Though it starts out as a simple fight between heaven and hell for the soul of one man, a conspiracy in Hell and conflicting emotions interrupt the war between saints and sinners. Suddenly Many’s soul becomes increasingly important and his weakened physical state creates a deadline by which he must go to Hell or Heaven. It´s the job of the supernatural agents to tempt or save Many…

“Don’t Tempt Me” (Spanish: “Bendito Infierno”, also known as “Sin noticias de Dios” in Spanish and “No News From God” in English) is a 2001 Mexican and Spanish co-production comedy film. The screenplay for the film was written especially for Penélope Cruz and Victoria Abril. Spain´s movie industry is dear to me and I have had some really good film moments when watching spanish movies. I saw “Don’t Tempt Me” when it came out and just resaw it. I reckon my opinion about this movie is maybe a bit different now. The storyline is there, the battle between good/evil – Hell/Heaven, but I think that the Heaven and Hell environments/ mood/settings and characters could´ve been much more colourful and maybe a bit more over the top to make this really work. The result now is a bit blend. Victoria Abril and Penélope Cruz are two strong actresses with added beauty and does a pretty good job as Lola and Carmen, but they still don´t manage to really lift the movie as high as I think they could´ve. “Don’t Tempt Me” is ok, but hardly a classic spanish flick with a powerful colour palette in my point of view. (3 out of 5)

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