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La vida mancha (2003)

Fito, a compulsive gambler, married with a son, has long time without seeing his older brother Pedro. Pedro come back alone to pass some time with his brother. This short and banal visit is going to change their lives.

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May Pascual ...
Camarera
Gabriel Moreno ...
Camarero
Alfonso Torregrosa ...
Larrea
Martín Mujica ...
Jubilado
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Ramón Goyanes ...
Mirón 1
Kike Biguri ...
Mirón 2
Zay Nuba ...
Sandro Polo ...
Jon
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Pedro
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Sara
Antonio Mora ...
Tipo 1
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Tipo 2
Soledad Osorio ...
Señora
Enrique Martínez ...
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Fito, a compulsive gambler, married with a son, has long time without seeing his older brother Pedro. Pedro come back alone to pass some time with his brother. This short and banal visit is going to change their lives.

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Agreeable , interesting and witty drama ; being stunningly directed by Enrique Urbizu
21 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

An impressively crafted , well-played drama , with a lively as well as atmospheric musical score and founded on a perfectly calibrated screenplay whose emotional grip tightens as it proceeds . Here starring Jose Coronado is simply awesome , he steals the show as a good brother with dark secrets , he gives one of the best interpretations , ten years later Coronado achieved a hit smash with "No Rest for the Wicked" . It is set in a big city , at a neighborhood where lives a working-class family . There appears Fito (Juan Sanz) , a sympathetic young truck driver that is married to the affectionate Juana (Zay Nuba), she works as an administrative in an office of the INEM , where she spends long time . Immature Fito and beautiful Juana are enamored and are parents of a child who is cared by a teenager called Sara (Yohana Cobo) . Due to Fito obsession for cards game , and elevated bets , his family is breaking . Then , there suddenly appears the elegant as well as comprehensive Pedro (Jose Coronado), the mysterious mature brother of Fito on the part of mother, whom he did not see years ago , and who bears a dark past . Fito hosts Pedro at family home and presents Juana. Meantime his hubby is on route she remains along with Pedro . But events go awry because of the concealed compulsive bets of Fito that gambles his truck and salary begin to make an impression on the family situation . Because of the obsession for gambling , Fito attempts to win a round at whatever cost and he does important wagers , it will change the course of their lives .

This is an enjoyable picture with plenty of emotion , drama , twists and a peculiar love story . The agreeable story being surprisingly good , compellingly realized and including a sensitive musical score . Interesting and moving screenplay by Miguel Gaztambide who has written various flicks for filmmaker Enrique Urbizu . It is one of the best dramas that have been realized in Spain of the 2000s , it keeps you interested and expecting . Brilliant José Coronado , attractive Zay Nuba and extroverted Juan Sanz star in the sort of story we've seen many times before - a triangular drama - but it is always entertaining when is executed with style and Urbizu certainly seems to have that . The cast gets credible and nuanced performances that enrich the flick . This film grabs our attention , beginning with a really masterful performance by Jose Coronado . Jose Coronado is simply excellent , he steals the show as a good-looking and eldest brother who holds dark secrets . Coronado is a veteran actor who has got a lot of successes such as "No Rest for the Wicked" , ¨Betibu¨ , "The Last Days", "Nobody's Life" , ¨The body¨ , ¨Gal¨ , ¨El Lobo¨ and many others . And don't forget his subsequent and greatest hit ¨No peace for the wicked¨ in which he won a Goya award playing a violent police . The support cast is pretty well such as Yohana Cobo , Silvia Espigado and brief interventions from Susi Sánchez , Maria Castro and Paco Leon , among others .

Colorful photography with juicy atmosphere by Carles Gusi (Torrente , Box 507 , Rl Niño , Cell 211), deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen . He displays an appropriate cinematography and photographs wonderfully the exteriors and interiors , being shot on location . Moving and stirring musical score by Mario De Benito , he is a good musician who has composed superb jobs (Un Franco 14 pesetas , Cosas De Brujas , Carne De Gallina , Al Limite) . The film was well produced by Gerardo Herrero , one of the best Spanish producers , realizing a lot of films in lavish budgets and co-financing numerous Argentina/Spain productions . The motion picture was professionally directed by Enrique Urbizu who has won various Goya awards . He is a specialist on Thriller as proved in ¨Todo Por la Pasta¨, ¨Cachito¨ , ¨Caja 507¨ and on comedy such as ¨Cuernos Mujer¨, ¨Como Ser Infeliz¨ and ¨Tu Novia Esta Loca¨ but especially Urbizu is the director of No Peace For The Wicked (No Habra Paz Para Los Malvados), an upcoming 'tough cop with big gun' movie coming out of Spain , this is his best film surpassing even "La Caja 507" and usually played by his fetish actor , Jose Coronado .


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