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Lucky Star (1997)
"La buena estrella" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  30 May 1997 (Spain)
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Marina, a woman with a glass eye, has the bad luck to be the victim of an assault witnessed by Rafael, a goodhearted butcher, who rescues her from her attacker, a man named Daniel. Rafael ... See full summary »

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Antonio Resines ...
Rafael
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Marina
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Daniel
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Ana Mari
Ramón Barea ...
Paco
Clara Sanchis ...
Elena (as Clara Sanchís)
Andrea Ramírez ...
Estrella 3 años
Lola Franco ...
Estrella 9 años
Sonia Cuellar ...
Marinita
José Domínguez ...
Ramón
Ramiro Alonso ...
Martín
Francisco Marsó ...
Taxista (as Paco Marsó)
Cristina Collado ...
Mari Carmen
Cristina Camisón ...
Nurse
José Urdiain ...
David
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Marina, a woman with a glass eye, has the bad luck to be the victim of an assault witnessed by Rafael, a goodhearted butcher, who rescues her from her attacker, a man named Daniel. Rafael has physical problems of his own, but the two stay together as a couple. A baby not Rafael's, for he lost his testicles in an accident is born. Rafael looks forward to raising the child as his own if Marina will consent. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Charming and sensitive drama about a triangular love story starred by three troublesome characters
17 January 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Solid but downbeat drama by Ricardo Franco , being well photographed and compellingly shot . Intense and heart-rending melodrama about a strange couple formed by a violent junkie named Daniel (Jordi Molla) and a girl (Maribel Verdu) with a glass eye ; in childhood and youth, the two were "the inseparables" , being well loved partners . When Daniel is hitting Marina there appears a goodhearted butcher called Rafael (Antonio Resines) , who rescues her from the violent druggie . Later on , both of whom stay together as a couple and marry themselves , but a baby not Rafael's, for he lost his testicles in an accident is born . Rafael looks forward to raising the child as his own if Marina will consent . Then, there again appears Daniel and the couple accepts to care her old friend with unpredictable consequences . Events go wrong when Daniel reappears back from his dangerous life , now as a beggar and unfortunate man . As Marina protects him , in spite of Rafael's objections , and they take Daniel into their luxurious house . Marina wants to heal Daniel through force of will .

This interesting as well as intimate story is a passionate retelling and a touching melodrama , including strong sex scenes and usual nudism by the beautiful Maribel Verdu . Ricardo Franco also writes the sad script along with Pedro Costa and Ángeles González Sinde and taken from some facts based on actual events happened in city of Madrid . Being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . This picture bears remarkable to ¨Intruso¨ (1993) by Vicente Aranda starred by Imanol Arias , Victoria Abril , Antonio Valero in similar roles , holding a similar plot and also produced by Pedro Costa and Enrique Cerezo . The main problem has to face "La Buena Estrella" or "Lucky Star", beyond not being able to avoid falling into a claustrophobic drama is precisely derived from the coldness of its staging, which eventually become monotonous and heart-breaking over ninety minutes and some of footage . Good acting by trio protagonist such as Jordi Molla as Daniel , a man now broke and ill who has physical problems of his own , splendid Antonio Resines the bitter , resentful as well as deceived husband and Maribel Verdu who wants to be in love with both , she overcome with sentimentality and takes Daniel under her protection . They are supported by a magnificent secondary cast such as Elvira Mínguez , Clara Sanchis and Ramón Barea as a good priest . Spotless pictorial though dark cinematography by Tote Trenas , being mostly shot at interior . Tote Trenas is deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameraman with a long and prestigious artistic career . Furthermore , a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence, every space . Sensitive and rousing musical score by Eva Gancedo , including an enjoyable leitmotif . The picture won several Goya Awards 1998 , the followings : Goya Best Director Ricardo Franco , Best Actor Antonio Resines , Best Screenplay Original Ricardo Franco Ángeles González Sinde , Best Original Score Eva Gancedo and Best Film . Furthermore , won José María Forqué Awards for best film , Mar del Plata Film Festival : Best actor and director , Ondas Awards , San Diego International Film Festival Awards , Spanish Actors Union , Turia Awards , among others

The motion picture was rightly produced by two great producers Pedro Costa and Enrique Cerezo ; being professionally directed in his particular style by Ricardo Franco . This is a Spanish director, writer and lyricist , he was a member of Madrid's independent Cinema, making films about the underprivileged . Ricardo directed a series of award-winning movies firmly establishing him as one of the best Spanish filmmakers , in spite of his early death , as he died on May 20, 1998 in Madrid at 48 years old . He was a director and writer , an expert on literary adaptations and especially known for dramas as Lágrimas Negras (1998) , Berlín Blues (1988) , Desastre Annual , El Sueño De Tanger who also starred Maribel Verdu and this La Buena Estrella (1997) , though he also made some comedy as Gringo Mojado and Oh Cielos . Being his greatest success ¨Pascual Duarte¨ based on the known novel written by Camilo Jose Cela.


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