This blokey British romcom is written, produced, directed by and stars Peter Domankiewicz – which is at least three jobs too many. He plays David, a Londoner who moves to Madrid on a whim after a holiday romance with Marisa (Ángela Boix). Their relationship lasts about five minutes, but he’s too embarrassed to admit failure and go home (worse: he’s given up his cheap housing association flat). So he sticks it out in Madrid, getting a job as an English teacher.
Domankiewicz is doing a Simon Pegg here with David, playing a hopeless bloke with knobbly knees and man sandals. And yet somehow he is human Viagra to the women of Spain (that, right there, is the reason to write your own roles) – a string of gorgeous ladies in skirts that some fashion commentators would call belts throw themselves at his feet.
The female roles are beyond lame, and ‘Tea & Sangria’ is not very well acted. But there are a couple of good culture-clash gags. His Spanish flatmate has a lightbulb moment when David explains vegetarianism: ‘Now I understand. This is why you’re so pale and weak.’