Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health

El amor perjudica seriamente la salud
Directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira
Produced by César Benítez
Manuel Gómez Pereira
Joaquín Oristrell
Written by Yolanda García Serrano
Manuel Gómez Pereira
Juan Luis Iborra
Joaquín Oristrell
Starring Penélope Cruz
Javier Bardem
Ana Belén
Juanjo Puigcorbé
Gabino Diego
Music by Bernardo Bonezzi
Cinematography Juan Amorós
Release dates
  • 10 January 1997 (1997-01-10)
Running time
117 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (English: Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health) is a 1997 Spanish comedy film directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira and starring Penélope Cruz, Ana Belén, Javier Bardem, Juanjo Puigcorbé and Gabino Diego.


Paris. King Juan Carlos I offers a diner at Hôtel Crillon. Diana (Ana Belén) meets Santi (Juanjo Puigcorbé), an old lover, who now is the King's bodyguard. They remember how they met each other, 30 years ago, in another hotel, in Madrid. Diana (Penélope Cruz) and Santi (Gabino Diego) met when The Beatles were going to play. He works in the hotel. She hides under John Lennon's bed because she's in love with the singer. But, what starts is an attraction between them. It is an impossible love because she wants to be rich and famous, and he is poor and has to join the Army. When they meet again as grown-ups, Diana has become a socialite, and Santi is a pilot. Both are married, but the love goes on...

Cameo appearances

The film uses cameo appearances by real figures from vintage footage and other fields to great comic effect. They include John Lennon, Carmen Polo, Raphael, King Juan Carlos I and his daughters. There are other cameos during the film: actors Javier Bardem, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón or film director Fernando Colomo have got small roles.

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