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Nancho Novo ...
Daniel
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Laura (as Teresa Hurtado)
Juan Motilla ...
Pastor Juan Manuel
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Torta
Jons Pappila ...
Indie
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Lorenzo
Enrico Vecchi ...
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Andrés
Isaías Cara ...
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Silvia (as Elena Fernández)
Manolo Rodríguez ...
Conserje
Rafael Manati ...
Guardia de seguridad
Manuel López Ruiz ...
Viejo Puerto
Miguel Alcíbar ...
Dueño lavandería
Mercedes Almarcha ...
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Daniel is approaching forty. Laura is fifteen... almost sixteen. From what they say about him he must be a poet or a comic-strip illustrator, or both. He has just overcome a long addiction and, once back home, is trying to recongnize his life based on a strategy which consists basically in DOING EXACTLY WHAT A "NORMAL" PERSON DOES. Everything that happens to Daniel is, more or less, foreseeable because that's what it's all about: he should look after his personal grooming, take care of the small things, immerse himself in the real world... and so on until he has completed the ten small achievements in his manual, a set of COMMANDMENTS devised by an insipid public health system psychiatrist. And, in the midst of all this, an unexpected happening: Laura arrives in the city searching for her brother Andres, Daniel's neighbor. But the brother is not home and she decides to wait for him, while organizing around Daniel what could be his "perfect world". Written by Cristina Sutherland

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Review from the 2004 TIFF
13 September 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

Astronautas comes from Spanish director Santi Amodeo, who attended the film and gave a Q&A session after the film. The title of the movie refers to someone who may have all the comforts of modern life, but remains disconnected from his environment. Daniel (played by Nancho Novo) is such a person. A former heroin addict, Daniel is working through a decalogue, or 10-step recovery program. As part of his therapy, he is renovating his apartment, which in itself is a metaphor for the rebuilding of his life.

One day Daniel finds a teenage girl (Teresa Hurtado) waiting outside the door of his neighbour's abandoned apartment, who turns out to be his neighbour's younger sister. He gradually admits her into his life, and in the process, she affects and changes him.

Astronautas was not quite as comedic as I assumed from the festival guide description, but was rather a dramatic story with lighter moments and surreal animated segments seeded throughout. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, and it provided a different view of a subject tackled by another film at this year's festival, Clean, with Nick Nolte and Maggie Cheung. Both movies had at their core the story of a heroin addict trying to get their life back on track, but each told their tale in a unique way.

Some tidbits from the Q&A:

  • This was his first solo directing effort. His two previous films, The


Pilgrim Factor and Bancos were co-directed with Alberto Rodriguez.

  • The animated interludes throughout the movie reflect Daniel's


personal reality.

  • The people with bowling balls for heads in the animated segments come


from the animator on the film, who was asked by Amodeo to come up with a prototype of man.

  • When Laura removes paper cutouts of bowling balls from a drawer in


the apartment, it represents her taking out Daniel's life from the drawer into the real world.


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