Tag Archives: Spain

Life Marks / La vida mancha (2003) Enrique Urbizu, May Pascual, Gabriel Moreno, Alfonso Torregrosa, Drama

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Fito, a truck driver, and Juana, an administrative assistant, live under the heavy pressure of the debts he has to pay off. After ten years of absence, during which he has remained silent, Pedro, his elder brother, shows up in Madrid, freshly arrived from England and eager to spend some time there with the excuse of re-establishing the brotherly ties and settling an account from the past. However, we assume he has more down-to-earth and darker motives, like erasing his own footsteps to prevent being tracked down by the police and by his accomplices in the diamond-dealing business. While Fito muddles through life and tries to make money outside the household, Pedro gracefully takes on his role by looking after his son, Jon, while a powerful attraction appears between him and Juana.

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Antes de morir piensa en mí (2008) Raúl Hernández Garrido, Rebeca Badía, Diego Braguinsky, Paula Braguinsky, Crime, Drama

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Nina (Sara Vallés) es una joven con una vida desgraciada que no se resigna a no ser feliz. Su vida nos habla de la frustración sentimental de una época gris en la historia de España. Acusada de participar en un crimen horrendo, la historia de Nina revive a través de su infancia de abandono, su matrimonio con un hombre mayor que ella, la relación que mantiene con un compañero de su marido, hasta llegar a un final trágico en el que, irónicamente, logra alcanzar esa felicidad que nunca ha tenido.

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All the Women / Todas las mujeres (2013) Mariano Barroso, Eduard Fernández, Lucía Quintana, Michelle Jenner, Drama

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Winner of the Goya, Spain’s answer to the Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay, Mariano Barroso’s provocative takedown of Spanish machismo follows Nacho (Eduard Fernandez), a down and out veterinarian, who seeks advice from the most important women in his life – his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law and his psychologist – after his scheme to steal five horses from his father-in-law falls apart. He soon finds his character indicted by each one of them.

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Bread and Roses (2000) Ken Loach, Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Drama

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Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers’ union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its “justice for janitors” campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she’s also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide.

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Lisboa (1999) Antonio Hernández, Sergi López, Carmen Maura, Federico Luppi, Crime, Thriller

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Joao (Sergi López), a traveling salesman working a route between Spain and his native Portugal, has a life changing experience when he meets Berta (Carmen Maura). Berta is a wealthy, middle aged woman whose car has broken down somewhere down the road. She has no wallet and has been walking for a long time without sleep or food. Without explaining why, she begs Joao for a ride to Lisbon. We know nothing of her background, but her desperation to get to Lisbon as soon as possible is palpable. Against his better judgment, Joao reluctantly agrees to give her a ride as far as a Portuguese border town.

Several times Joao tries to abandon Berta, but he finds he cannot leave her stranded. At one point, Berta passes out from hunger giving Joao an opportunity to go through her address book. He makes a call to let her son know that his mother seems ill and what stop on the highway he can meet them. As members of Berta’s family arrive, the plot and motivations begin to unfold.

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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Comedy, Drama, Romance

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen, 2010)
Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.

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