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Marga is having a streak of bad luck. Through her friendship with Rosa, she tries to regain her self-confidence... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Emma Suárez ... Marga

Juan Diego Botto ... Iñaqui
Mirta Ibarra ... Rosa
Rosana Pastor ... Trini
Manuel Manquiña ... Rolando
Maite Blasco ... Carmen

Àlex Brendemühl ... José (as Alex Brendemühl)
Javier Martín ... Carlos

Adrià Collado ... Roberto (as Adriá Collado)
Elena Irureta ... Marivi
Alberto San Juan ... Oscar
José Manuel Cervino ... Fernando
Marta Suárez ... Rocío
Carmen Arbex ... Elena
Carlos Lucas ... Abuelo
Duna Jové ... Marga joven (as DunaJove)
Laia Costajussà ... Tini joven (as Laia Costajussia)
Montse Alcoverro ... Teresa
Juan Prado ... Camarero
Paula Soldevila ... Empleada INEM
Manel Castillejos ... Hombre Inem
Ivan Nieto-Balboa ... Joven Grandes Almacenes (as Iván Nieto Balboa)
Patricia Mendi ... Vecina
Fausto Talón ... Portero
Esperanza López Tamayo ... Portera
Daniel Sánchez ... Tito 3 años
Iñaqui Menchen ... Tito 1 año
Rocío Bernal ... Mercedes
Pedro Aunión ... Estudiante
Pilar Ordóñez ... Empleada Temporal

Francesc Pagès ... Médico Accidente (as Francesc Pagés)
Valentín Hidalgo ... Ginecólogo
Montse G. Romeu ... Comadrona
Inma Isla ... ATS
Ramon Enrich ... Ginecólogo Parto (as Ramón Enrich)
Dani Martín ... Joven 1
David Laborda ... Joven 2
David Pomares ... Joven 3
Fernando Tejero ... Joven 4
Gustavo Pastor ... Alberto
Kike Guaza ... José joven (as Enrique Guaza)
Carlos Valverde ... Niño Video Club
Cristina Rosco ... Niña Accidente
Maite Merino ... Madre Accidente
José Antonio Menchen ... Padre Accidente
Angelita Heredia ... Cantante Boda
José Losada ... Guitarra Flamenca
Rafa Ortega ... Teclado
Paco Yebra ... Cajón Flamenco
Alicia Fernández ... Cantante Coro 1
Ana Delgado Bermúdez ... Cantante Coro 2
Alfredo Villa ... Novio de Teresa
Núria Prims ... Esther (as Nuria Prims)

Paz Vega ... Azafata
Ana Rayo ... Peluquera
Irene Fernández ... Locutora TV
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Libby Brien ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fernando Colomo ... Juez de paz (uncredited)
María Esteve ... Monitora (uncredited)
Lucía Etxebarría ... Herself (uncredited)
Fernando Guillén ... Tomás (uncredited)

Philip Hersh ... Carlos (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Raúl Sánchez ... Chico cafetería (uncredited)
Ruth Sánchez ... Chica cafetería (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfonso Albacete 
David Menkes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alfonso Albacete 
Lucía Etxebarría  (as Lucía Etxebarria)
David Menkes 

Produced by
Ricardo García Arrojo .... delegate producer (as Ricardo García-Arrojo)
Francisco Ramos .... producer
Félix Rodríguez .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paco Ortega 
Cinematography by
Gonzalo F. Berridi  (as Gonzalo Fernández-Berridi)
Film Editing by
Miguel Ángel Santamaría  (as Miguel Ángel Santamaria)
Casting by
Josep Oriach 
Production Design by
Wolfgang Burmann 
Costume Design by
Maiki Marín  (as Maiki Marín Isasi)
Makeup Department
Paloma Bosqued .... assistant makeup artist
Antoñita viuda de Ruiz .... wigs (as Antoñita)
Gregorio Ros .... makeup artist
Juan Valverde .... hair stylist
Production Management
Félix Rodríguez .... production manager
Fernando Victoria de Lecea .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Íñigo Echávarri .... third assistant director
María Martínez .... second assistant director
Luis Oliveros .... assistant director
Art Department
Leopoldo Báez .... carpenter
José M. Canencia .... props (as José Manuel Canencia)
Papick Lozano .... property master
Javier Mampaso .... assistant decorator
José Luis Montero .... construction coordinator
Natalia Montes .... props
Rubén Rivas .... graphic designer
Sergio Rozas .... props
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixer
Pablo Bueno .... boom operator
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Dani Fontrodona .... sound recordist (as Daniel Fontrodona)
Ángel Gallardo .... dialogue editor
Antonio García .... sound effects recordist
Diego Garrido .... sound mixer
Raúl Lasvignes .... sound
James Muñoz .... sound editor
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaime Puig)
José Luis Vázquez .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Alberto Esteban .... visual effects supervisor
José Rossi .... Inferno operator
Aurelio Sánchez Herrera .... Inferno operator
Ángel Plana .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Arnal .... electrician (as J. Alberto Arnal)
Juan Miguel Azpiroz .... assistant camera
Enrique Bello .... gaffer
Luis Miguel Daza .... electrician
Carlos García .... electrician
Álvaro Gómez .... electrician
Luis Hidalgo .... electrician
Josu Inchaustegui .... steadicam
Teresa Isasi .... still photographer (as Teresa Isasi-Isasmendi)
Eugenio Martínez .... electrician
José Luis Martínez .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Imanol Nabea .... second assistant camera
Laura Pont .... camera trainee
Enrique Pérez .... electrician
Arantxa Sanjuán .... video assist (as Arantxa Sanjuan)
Edmundo Sanz .... crane grip: dailies
Casting Department
Miquel Folch .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosa Merino .... costume assistant
Graciela Rubio .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Javier Mosqueda .... negative cutter
Pepe Pastor .... assistant editor
Alfonso Sevilla .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Carlos Camarasa .... musician
Antonio Carmona .... musician
José Miguel Carmona .... musician
Miguel Ángel Collado .... arrangements
Raquel Fernández .... music mixer
Marcelo Fuentes .... musician
Jose Loeches .... music recording engineer (as Pepe Loeches)
José Losada .... musician
Álvaro Mata .... music recording engineer
Antonio Olariaga .... music mixer
Paco Ortega .... music producer
Paquete .... musician
Josep Salvador .... musician
Transportation Department
Ángel Prada .... driver
Francisco Sánchez .... driver
Javier Sánchez .... driver
Other crew
Ramón Alonso .... production trainee
María Isabel Arteaga .... cashier (as Maribel Arteaga)
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Adolfo Cora .... financial director
Luis Enríquez .... financial director: Aurum
Fernando Fernández .... legal advisor: Aurum
Fernando Fortuño .... second production assistant
Barbara Gago .... production secretary
Daniel Gago .... production trainee
Iván Gómez .... production trainee
Alfonso Jadraque .... licensing
Paloma Luque .... production secretary
Daniel Martínez .... production trainee
Enrique Muñoz .... press: Aurum
Esther Núñez .... production secretary: Aurum
Sergio Pérez .... production coordinator: Aurum
Claudio Rodríguez .... dubbing director
Verónica Sáa .... assistant administrator
François Vila .... press agent
Bárbara Yacobi .... production assistant
Omar Butler .... thanks
Fernando Colomo .... thanks
María Esteve .... thanks
Bibiana Fernández .... special thanks
Jesús García Ciordia .... special thanks
Enrique González Macho .... thanks
Fernando Guillén .... thanks
Javier Iturralde .... thanks
Mariola Orellana .... thanks
Gustavo Salmerón .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Sobreviviré" - Spain (original title)
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102 min
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A Saucy and Tender Story of Love, Recriminations, and Waiting for the Music!, 11 July 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

SOBREVIVIRE (I WILL SURVIVE) is a fine little film from Spain circa 1999 that because of recent important legislation in that country becomes even more pertinent than when it was made. Co-written and directed by Alfonso Albacete, with assistance from David Menkes and Lucía Etxebarría, this is a fresh look at relationships and the human needs and the compromises faced in the search for happiness. SOBREVIVIRE is probably the healthiest and most intelligent examination of pan sexuality: it takes on tough issues and allows them to nurture the comedy that is life! After an introduction of her childhood idiosyncrasies we meet the adult Marga (the superb Emma Suárez) wholly in love with Roberto (Adrià Collado), joyfully creating a home for their upcoming marriage. There is a car accident and Marga is injured but Roberto is killed, devastating Marga who has learned that she is pregnant with Roberto's child. At the same time she loses her job due to her disruptive friend Trini (Rosana Pastor) and must strike out on her own. She is denied government funds until she gives birth to her child and in desperation she falls into a video store ownership and takes on a Cuban au pair Rosa (Mirta Ibarra) who lightens not only her domestic load but also her spirit. Some years pass and Marga and Rosa become fast friends.

As Marga begins to feel the loneliness of being a single mom she meets handsome Iñaqui (Juan Diego Botto) in her video store. Iñaqui is recovering from a breakup with his boyfriend Oscar (Alberto San Juan) and is as attracted to Marga as she is to him. Iñaqui informs Marga he is gay, a fact that Rosa and other friends have already prepared her for. In full knowledge of each other's pasts they embark on a relationship that flowers with a subtlety and tenderness that allows us to feel the anxieties of each while letting the innate comedy shine through.

Iñaqui tries to forget his sexual orientation and is even able to override some temptations that occur. Marga fears that eventually the warmly human Iñaqui will eventually leave her and they admit to each other that neither has 'heard the music' that is supposed to come with romance. Rosa meanwhile has found love with a performer, Rolando (Manuel Manquiña) and convinces Marga to fly to Cuba to be part of her marriage. When Marga returns she realizes her devotion to Iñaqui, and since that devotion is mutual is shared, the two marry. How the film ends is magical yet real and deserves to be discovered by each viewer. Suffice it to say that it is a very realistic and intelligent ending.

Each of the actors in this bouncy little film is excellent with special kudos to Emma Suárez, a truly fine actress. Yet all of the other main characters are superbly handled and the supporting cast is equally fine, especially the 'together couple' José (Alex Brendemühl) and Carlos (Javier Martín). The music, the sets, the pacing, the editing and especially the direction are first class. This is one of those little movies that deserves a very wide audience. In Spanish with English subtitles. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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