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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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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
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Sr. Leyva
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Anita jove
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Natalia
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Cambrer
Albert Trifol ...
Empleat INEM
Santi Ibáñez ...
Espectador 1 (as Santi Ibàñez)
José Luis 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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Long live menopause!
15 December 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Anita, the central character of Ventura Pons' film is fighter. When her job is eliminated, she continues to go to the place she once knew and was a part of. As interpreted by the magnificent Rosa Maria Sarda, she has a lot going for her, even if at the beginning, she doesn't see herself as a winner. Her interaction with her neighbor, the worldly Natalia, proves a step in the right direction in gaining her lost confidence and in doing so, discovering she's a winner in her own right. As directed by Ventura Pons, the catalan director, Anita is a winner. The film is entertaining and light after the last films from this director where he has tackled other, more difficult themes. The Anita of Ms Sarda is full of doubts since most of her bad luck comes at a point in her life where she's settled into a very quiet and peaceful life. She is like another female heroine, Cabiria, a real survivor once she gains her strength and finally is able to cope with the situation life has given her. Jose Coronado is very effective as Antoni, the new love interest in Anita's life, as is Ms. Barranco, who plays Natalia. Very enjoyable and pleasant experience.


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