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If you like dark comedies, this is a fine film to watch. Some of the nuances may be lost to those that , have not experienced Spanish society/culture first hand, specifically during the Franco regime. The element of selfishness runs through very clearly - the young(er) treating the old as necessary nuisances, the old trying to squeeze the last few drops from life. Funny but dark.
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