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Anita Takes a Chance (2001)

Anita no perd el tren (original title)
Anita has been working at a cinema box office for almost three decades, but the building is demolished to give way to a cinema complex, and she is forced into early retirement because she does not fit into the new company's image.

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Rosa Maria Sardà ...
Anita
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Dependent
Jade Pradas ...
Bessona 1
Arlem Pradas ...
Bessona 2
Sònia Colom ...
Anita nena
Mercè Arànega ...
Mare
Josep Costa ...
Client peixateria 1
Maribel Altés ...
Clienta peixateria 2
Jordi Dauder ...
Sr. Leyva
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Anita jove
María Barranco ...
Natalia
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Cambrer
Albert Trifol ...
Empleat INEM
Santi Ibáñez ...
Espectador 1 (as Santi Ibàñez)
José L. Sansalvador ...
Veu de cine 1 (voice) (as José Luis San Salvador)
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Anita sees how the over three decades that she has been working at a cinema box office are literally devastated: the building is demolished to give way to a cinema complex, and she is forced into early retirement because she does not fit into the new company's image. Incapable of getting over the shock, and by inertia, she continues going back to the empty lot every day, where the cinema used to be and where a construction company is building the new complex. By mere chance, she ends up in love and involved with a man who drives a bulldozer at the construction site. A tender and bittersweet affair comes about, which is carried out in the dark, inside a trailer where the company has its offices. He is married and does not hide it. But, despite that, and thanks to their secret meetings, they are both able to open a door to hopes for the future. This is a relationship without perspectives, but in Anita's case, at her early fifties, it helps her to mark a before and after in her life. Written by Anonymous

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Life as a late middle aged woman, in Catalan
23 May 2001 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

"Anita..." deals with the issues of an aging 50-something woman in a Latin European city. It is the latest film by Ventura Pons, the Spanish director well-known for Catalan language dramas. Like his other films "Amic Amat" & "Caricies", this one is also set in Barcelona. And also like another couple of Catalan films, the movie stars Rosa Maria Sarda, one of Spain's best and most veteran actresses, whether in Spanish or in Catalan.

Other than the language issue, the film is not all that unique. But, the film excels through subtle details by Ventura Pons, through Rosa Maria Sarda's poignant (perhaps quite personal) performance, and with the comic-relief provided by the reliable Maria Barranco. I highly recommend it if you enjoy this genre of films, or are curious to see a Catalan film.


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