Backroads (1997)
"Carreteras secundarias" (original title)

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Antonio Resines ...
Fernando Ramallo ...
Paquita (as Maribel Verdu)
Miriam Díaz-Aroca ...
Estrella (as Miriam Diaz Aroca)
Jesús Bonilla ...
Félix (as Jesus Bonilla)
Maite Blasco ...
Tía Elvira (as Mayte Blasco)
Ramón Langa ...
Tío Jorge (as Ramon Langa)
Montserrat Carulla ...
Alicia Hermida ...
Fernando Vivanco ...
Funcionario Jefe
Natalia Menéndez ...
Tía Cristina (as Natalia Menendez)
Tania Adam ...
Kathya Adam ...
Luis Pérezagua ...
Guardia Civil 1 (as Luis Perezagua)
Roger Álvarez ...
Padre Apellániz (as Roger Alvarez)


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Entertaining coming-of-age drama/comedy with fine actors , adequate cinematography , sensitive score and professional direction
6 December 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Fun Dramedy (comedy/drama) with touches of profanity and full of entertainment , humor and sheer amusement . Amusing Spanish comedy in which two good actors , a veteran Antonio Resines and a fifteen-year-old teen Fernando Ramallo become involved into improbable situations . As a problematic teenager called Felipe (Fernando Ramallo) accompanies his errant as well as troublemaker daddy Lozano (Antonio Resines) travelling around Spain as Madrid , Zaragoza , Girona , always being involved in dark and not very decent business . They undertake an itinerant life , living by means of small swindles and supplies selling . Both of whom trying to make a living from what might be called as simple subsistence . In this coming-of-age story the son begins to understand what his life is . They are joined by gorgeous Paquita (Maribel Verdú) , a type of woman who shows great love for Lozano and his son Felipe . In pursuing their objectives the losers will face a lot of problems . Meanwhile , the peculiar family travels across Spain , throughout several locations until an American base .

This attractive comedy contains emotion , humor , brief drama and amusement . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable, with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few embarrassing . The flick relies heavily on the continued relationship between father and son , but it doesn't make boring but entertaining . The journey of the protagonists is so repetitive and the most part results to be rich in absurdities and implausibilities . This road movie has a nostalgic feeling dealing with the seventies as when appeared the color TV , Patty Hearst is in the news robbing a bank , strikes in which in protesters are being pursued by Guardia Civil or ¨Grises¨ and Franco is dying . Nice acting by Fernando Ramallo as a teenager who has his sexual wakening and hates his dad's ways ; in every sense he is more noble than his father . Agreeable support cast gives good acting as the notorious Mirian Diaz Aroca , Jesús Bonilla , Maite Blasco , Ramón Langa , Montserrat Carulla , Alicia Hermida and Fernando Vivanco . Colorful photography with juicy atmosphere by Javier Salmones (Butterfly tongue , Romasanta, Los Borgia , Arte Morir , 13 Campanadas) deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameraman . Lively and emotive musical score by Roque Baños (Old boy , Fragiles , Machinist, Sexy beast, 800 bullets) including enjoyable central theme .

The motion picture was well directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro . He was born in 1945 in Madrid , location in which he often shoots his films . He is a Spanish prestigious cinema director . Emilio is a director and writer, a good filmmaker expert on comedies as he has proved in : Los Peores Años de Nuestra Vida (1994) , El Juego Más Divertido (1998) and Amo Tu Cama Rica (1992) , drama : Las 13 Rosas (2007) La Voz De Su Amo (2001) , Musical as : Al Otro Lado De La Cama (2002) , Los Dos Lados de La Cama (2005). Being especially known for ¨ 8 Apellidos Vascos¨ considered to be the biggest box office in Spanish cinema and he is nowadays shooting ¨8 Apellidos Vascos 2¨ .

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