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Cast overview, first billed only:
Médico (as Antonio Pérez Dechent)
Paco De Osca ...
Padre (as Paco de Osca)
Juan Fernández ...
Miguel Alcíbar ...
El Gordo
Pilar Sánchez ...
Concha Galán ...
Paco Tous ...
Socio de Juan
Rosario Lara ...
Jefa limpieza
Pepa Faraco ...
Estrella Távora ...
Magdalena Barbero ...
Mujer Enfermo


Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the fact that her boyfriend has abandoned her does not help matters. When her father goes to the hospital for an operation, her mother comes to stay with her. Her neighbor, an old recluse whose only friend is his dog, begins to come out of his shell and these three lost souls try to give each other the strength to start over. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 March 1999 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Alleine  »

Box Office


ESP 125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,929 (USA) (8 September 2000)


$367,939 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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Lyrics and music by Neneh Cherry (as Cherry), J. Sharp (as Sharp) and Cameron McVey (as MacVey)
Performed by Neneh Cherry and Tomatito at the guitar
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Thorough the Spanish province - Excellent
26 February 2001 | by (Milan - Italy) – See all my reviews

Nowadays it is not so easy to find a film that hits directly your heart and sentiments. Benito Zambrano gives an opportunity to recover all those sentiments that are well hidden in your subconscious.

Carmona is a small town too close to Seville to have a real identity and is the frame for a difficult and impossible relationship between a daughter, mother and father. Zambrano shows how difficult is to grow up in this outcast and bit farmer town with the leit-motiv of these three characters that join back together due to the father's illness. The father is marked rude and impolite, used to hit the wife or the daughter to show his total dominance and authority. The wife was totally subjected to this situation and the opportunity to find some understanding and heat with their neighbour is accepted with detachment by her. This side relationship with a lonely man brings back love to this sad and destroyed family. The daughter is even worse, alcoholic and in love with a truck driver who does not care of her pregnancy.

The loneliness of the void with a breach of optimism is well expressed in this simple but very effective and straight film.

Rating: 7/10

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