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The Most Important Thing in Life Is Not Being Dead (2010)

Lo más importante de la vida es no haber muerto (original title)
An esteemed piano tuner and repairer, Jacobo leads an apparently happy life with his wife, Helena. His serene existence is thrown into a state of confusion when insomnia creeps in, and ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ...
Jacobo 80
Mercè Montalà ...
Helena 80
Carles Arquimbau ...
Gerard 80
Marian Aguilera ...
Helena 50
Albert Ausellé ...
Gerard 50
Xavier Tor ...
Vecino 80
Vecino 50
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Belén Aquiso ...
Susana 50
Dafnis Balduz ...
Zorro 2
Marta Bertriu ...
Susana 80
Manel Castillejos ...
Víctor Costa Andres ...
David Cuñado ...
Javier Faba ...
Zorro 1
Anzhelika Khalafova Kunz ...


An esteemed piano tuner and repairer, Jacobo leads an apparently happy life with his wife, Helena. His serene existence is thrown into a state of confusion when insomnia creeps in, and pianos that previously repaired miraculously overnight remain unfixed. Jacobo plunges into paranoia and madness, hearing noises during the night and having ephemeral visions of a stranger roaming the house in a dressing gown. Helena reassuringly denies anything out of the ordinary, and suspiciously insists he is hallucinating. Is the life we think safe and secure true, or is there a second reality lurking? THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS NOT BEING DEAD is a tale of betrayal and forgiveness in a rich musical universe, set against the Franco era, a period of political deceit and distorted reality in Spain. Playfully, the tragicomedy questions our perception of reality and the vulnerability of our human condition. Written by OLPAMA

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

16 December 2011 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Le plus important dans la vie, c'est de ne pas être mort  »

Box Office


€900,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Swiss-Spain can be good!
25 October 2010 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

A promising first film from a very unusual collective of directors, Olpama, consisting of three directors who met during their studies in Barcelona. The fact that the language used is Spanish and that two Spanish directors and a Swiss one worked together, alone helps giving a unique character to the film. Said to be inspired by directors like Terry Gillian, Emir Kusturica and Orson Wells among others, the result is a magnificent film set in Francoist Spain. The use of black and white emphasises contrast and adds a tragic, serious aspect to the story, contributing to distinguish the film from mainstream, while still very accessible because of its humour. A few passages in bright, impressionist colours furthers the individuality of the picture. The moving main actors, old and marked by time, reflecting on their past, their decisions and their odd paths bring sympathy to the viewer immediately. "Lo mas importante..." is a film for everyone, far from simplistic in its making it still passes as good entertainment, avoiding the trap of heaviness and shabbiness. A true dedication from the cast and the directors to whom it took three years to accomplish. I attended the preview in Geneva and was conquered by the imaginativeness of the makers and realism emanating from the actors. Ingenious ways of using the camera, from wide angles and close-ups to movements keep the spectator on his toes all the way through! In conclusion, I recommend strongly to support this small budget film which can stand proudly in its field, away from blockbusters, proving once again that good ideas, invention and genius can easily replace big stacks of money in the show-business! A unique experience that will touch you, make you laugh, reflect while trying to unknot the many strings (piano strings?) it holds...

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