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Crossing Borders (2006)

Un Franco 14 Pesetas (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar (as Nieve De Medina)
Iván Martín ...
Tim Frederic Quast ...
Aldo Sebastianelli ...
Ángela del Salto ...
Mari Carmen (as Ángela Del Salto)
Fely Manzano ...
Amalia (as Manzano Feli)
Iñaki Guevara ...
Raúl Pazos ...
Miguel de Lira ...
Gallego (as Miguel De Lira)
Carmen Rossi ...


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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5 May 2006 (Spain)  »

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Crossing Borders  »

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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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Great story and great theme
18 November 2006 | by (United States, SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

The theme is so subtly developed, one doesn't realize it's really about the emigrant experience until almost the end. For most of the film, it's 'just' a story, and a great one. Everything is cleverly subtle. For example, the protagonist doesn't come from misery and extreme poverty, nor is he poorly educated (all characteristics of the stereotypical emigrant). He's not fleeing from political oppression (at least overtly). He's just trying to get ahead.

It's rare to see emigration from the point of view of the emigrant. This film could be required viewing in the U.S. before making disparaging remarks about immigrants.

It is also always a pleasure to see an entire film where adolescent angst plays no part.

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