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Release Date:
31 October 2003 (Spain) See more »
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Plot:
Growing up together. All emotions pass the revue. Friendship and hope survive all. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A genuine masterpiece! See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Juan José Ballesta ... Miguel Angel
Luis Ángel Priego ... Izan
Gorka Moreno ... Dani
Alejandro Zafra ... Jorge
Marco Martínez ... Francis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikel Albisu ... Director hospital
Marina Andina ... Enfermera Ruth
José Ramón Argoitia ... Abuelo de Jorge
Daniel Balsera ... Equipo rival
Luis Barbería ... Alfredo
Héctor Isaac Bravo ... Equipo rival
Ana Caleya ... Madre Niño

Monti Castiñeiras ... Doctor Marcos
Celia Castro ... Enfermera comedor
Rafael Castro ... Equipo rival
Marcos Cedillo ... Pepino
Guillermo Contreras ... Niño
Lluís Ferrer ... Antonio
Miguel Foronda ... Doctor Gallego
Sara Illán ... Enfermera UCI

Maite Jáuregui ... Gloria
Elvira Lindo ... Enfermerita
Juan Bernardo López ... Equipo rival
Antonio Melero ... Aspirante a pivot
Marisol Membrillo ... Madre de Jorge
Álvaro Monje ... Amigo de Jorge
David Muñoz ... Himself (as Estopa)
José Muñoz ... Himself (as Estopa)
José Ramón Méndez ... Equipo rival
Diana Palazón ... Esther
Bruto Pomeroy ... Celador Pepino
Arturo Querejeta ... Padre de Jorge
Esteban Roel ... Celador gimnasio
Benito Sagredo ... Doctor Joven
Pedro Santos ... Anestesista
Carlos Serrate ... Sombras chinescas

Directed by
Antonio Mercero 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert Espinosa  play
Albert Espinosa  screenplay
Antonio Mercero  writer
Ignacio del Moral  writer

Produced by
César Benítez .... producer
Emilio A. Pina .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Manuel Villalta 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Pérez Cubero 
 
Film Editing by
José María Biurrún 
 
Casting by
Carmen Utrilla 
 
Art Direction by
Carlos Dorremochea 
Iñigo Navarro 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Watty 
 
Makeup Department
José Quetglás .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Federico Escalona .... assistant unit manager
David Jareño .... unit production manager
Rafael López de la Manzanara Cuadri .... assistant unit manager
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis Oliveros .... first assistant director
Jorge Romero .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Mercedes Canales .... assistant art director
Tomás González .... graphic designer
Rubén Rivas .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
David Calleja .... sound mixer
David Calleja .... sound re-recording mixer
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Tomás Erice .... boom operator
Iván Marín .... sound editor
James Muñoz .... sound effects editor
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
Miguel Suárez .... dialogue editor
David Álvarez .... assistant sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Javier Mosqueda .... film scanner operator
Javier Mosqueda .... telecine colorist
José Rossi .... digital effects artist
Aurelio Sánchez Herrera .... digital effects supervisor
Pablo Urrutia .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
Manuel Valle .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arturo Aldegunde .... Steadicam operator
Pablo Bürmann .... additional first assistant camera
David Domínguez .... camera operator
Pipo Fernández .... still photographer
Ramiro Sabell .... first assistant camera
Anselmo Villalba .... key grip
 
Other crew
Sergio Molina .... production trainee
Alicia Torres .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Entre Amigos" - USA (DVD title)
"The 4th Floor" - USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
100 min | Argentina:100 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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References Ben-Hur (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nasío pa la alegríaSee more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A genuine masterpiece!, 5 December 2004
Author: ollie501 from Dorset, England

Planta 4a

A Review by Ollie.

Planta 4a is a truly remarkable film. A coming of age drama, dealing with first love, basketball, the usual childhood mischief, and above all, friendship. Basically a comedy, this will definitely bring laughter, and maybe a few tears along the way… I can't recall seeing a coming of age drama with such a refreshing honesty suffused with sadness and humour since 'Stand By Me'. Oh, and by the way… it just happens to be set in the cancer ward of a hospital.

One could be forgiven at this point for thinking that this sets the scene as thoroughly depressing. It is anything but! The young lads suffer from cancer, and while that is never forgotten, nor overlooked, it never dominates the film, choosing to remain almost in the background. Director Antonio Mercero has managed to take a difficult subject, and bring true unflinching humour into the story, whilst never making light of the gravity of the illness the boys suffer from.

Made all the more remarkable by the fact that it is based on a true story, that of Albert Espinosa, a long time sufferer, and survivor of cancer, it is little surprise to note that the film has already won numerous awards, and much critical acclaim. Lead actor Juan José Ballesta, himself a Goya award winner for his astonishing performance in 'El Bola' turns in a stunning performance, although the same is true of the rest of the young, and mostly hitherto unheard of, cast.

Originally a theatrical piece, 'Los Pelones', or 'The Baldies', this adapts very well to the big and indeed small screen. 'The Baldies' is the name affectionately given to the young patients, by the hospital staff, for obvious reasons, and drawing from his own experiences, Espinosa conveys beautifully, the emotions and trials of growing up with cancer, and indeed just plain growing up. The film treats the individuals as exactly that; a group of young lads, finding their way in the world, their places in the social pecking order, and dealing with all the normal things teenage boys deal with. Never once are they treated as 'victims', and rightly so. They are ordinary teenagers, from different backgrounds, dealing with different emotions and problems, whilst all sharing one common factor, which never once overtakes the coming of age theme the film so eloquently portrays.

It is directed with such simplicity and refreshing honesty, that Mercero has created a true masterpiece. Given the choice of subject matter, and the fact that this is, in essence, a comedy, a film like this is a very delicate balancing act. It would be all too easy for the balance of the film to sway at any point, and yet it never does. It walks a fine line between drama and comedy, never once faltering, and it is to be respected for that.

Planta 4a contains several scenes which maybe unsuitable for younger viewers, however they are all in keeping with the overall tone of the film. There is nothing gratuitous or unnecessary; the strong language is appropriate given the age of the boys – teenage boys swear; it's just another part of the rich tapestry of their lives.

This film is an absolute joy to watch – it will make you cry with laughter, and in places, will probably just make you cry. There is sadness, naturally. It would be unrealistic if there was none, and yet again, it never overwhelms the film.

If you get the opportunity to see this, either at the cinema, or on DVD (which takes some finding, but it does exist), please, please do yourself a favour, and see it. Savour it – films like this are rare, but like any precious gem, finding them gives remarkable rewards. There are few films with cancer infused into the storyline, and even fewer that leave you with a warm and fuzzy feel-good factor. This film is one of those rare exceptions, which dares to take on a tough subject, and use it almost as a secondary theme.

I dislike 'scoring' peoples work, but in this rare instance I am happy to make an exception – this garners a very well earned 10 out of 10!

Reviewed by Ollie 6th December 2004.

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