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Crossing Borders (2006)
"Un Franco 14 Pesetas" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 May 2006 (Spain)
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Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. ... See full summary »

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Martín
Javier Gutiérrez ...
Marcos
Nieve de Medina ...
Pilar (as Nieve De Medina)
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Hanna
Iván Martín ...
Pablito
Tim Frederic Quast ...
Pablo
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Luisa
Aldo Sebastianelli ...
Tonino
Ángela del Salto ...
Mari Carmen (as Ángela Del Salto)
Fely Manzano ...
Amalia (as Manzano Feli)
Iñaki Guevara ...
Alberto
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Erika
Raúl Pazos ...
Lorenzo
Miguel de Lira ...
Gallego (as Miguel De Lira)
Carmen Rossi ...
Paz
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Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live with Mart'n's parents in a basement apartment that comes with their job as superintendents of the building. Encouraged by Marcos, his friend and co-worker, Martin decides to emigrate to Switzerland. The whole family has to admit that for the time being this is the most promising plan. Unable to obtain a work contract from the Swiss Consulate, Martin and Marcos decide to go anyway, pretending they are tourists to get past the border police. Pablito will experience drastic changes in a short period of time: his father's departure, a new way of life in a different country with a different environment and learning another language. But afterwards, in Switzerland, they will face new experiences which will allow them to live with renewed happiness. Written by AnonymousB

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'Carlos Iglesias', the director, writer and main actor of this film, is the son of Spaniards who migrated to Switzerland in the 60s and returned to Spain six years later. The movie is almost biographical, with Carlos Iglesias playing a character equivalent to his father. See more »

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sensitivity and realism
16 June 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the movie "Un Franco, 14 pesetas," because of the way it explores the topic of emigration from the perspective of the emigrant, and because of the way it combines humor and respect towards the emigrants. I think this movie can be dedicated to all those who have emigrated to another country, but also to those who returned to their own countries, which some times ends up being unexpectedly more difficult than emigrating. These day, when Spain is a country receiving immigrants, this is a unavoidable look into the past: when Spaniards emigrated to more progressive Northern European countries looking for a better life, and leaving a dirty poor country behind. It is a comedy which brought tears to my eyes, not because it was dramatic, but because of its real portray of simple feelings. I think the acting of Carlos Iglesias and Javer Gutierrez was impressive. But the actress that touched me the most was Isabel Blanco as Hanna.


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