This mini-series is the most amazing product to ever come out of Argentina or Spain. Beautifully made, the acting is superb, the story could not be more to the point and the writing is simply amazing. I have the DVD Collection (presently available only in Spain, FNAC carries it in their online shop) with Spanish subtitles, my only regret is the lack of English subtitles which is going to mean my English-Speaking friends will miss the chance to see this work of art. One can only hope for US distribution. Make no mistake, the story might take place in Argentina and Spain, but the theme of this jewel is universal, particularly in the US where the immigration issue is, nowadays, on everyone's mind. A must see. It would be worth learning Spanish to watch it (but subs would be enough) Hector Alterio does some of his best work here (and he has had some really major roles in countless movies) His portrayal of Andrés is impeccable as is the acting of his son, who plays the same character as a young man. The story of Andrés, an Asturian mine worker who immigrates to Argentina, exemplifies the story of immigration itself in that country. Curiously, the story of immigration in the US is quite similar. It is not surprising if one thinks that immigration in these two countries has ran in parallel lines. I am sure that many people in the US would recognize in Andres' story that of their parents and grandparents. On the other hand, the story of Ernesto, Andrés' son, is the vehicle through which the trials and tribulations of contemporary immigration in Europe (but it could just as well apply to the US.) My Spanish speaking students are watching it as a class project, and even though they are used to productions of high caliber, they were so mesmerized by this story and the beauty of the filming style that they cannot wait for the next episodes. If you speak Spanish, watch it, you will not be able to stop until the last episode. If you don't, my condolences because it is unlikely that the US will pick up on this fabulous production. Who knows, maybe we get lucky and the BBC does the trick. This production could compete comfortably with some of the BBC's greatest productions and win by a mile.
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