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As Luck Would Have It -- An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

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Writer:
Randy Feldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 January 2012 (Spain) See more »
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An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family. | Add synopsis »
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Comedy , drama and amusement by offbeat filmmaker Alex De La Iglesia See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

José Mota ... Roberto Gómez

Salma Hayek ... Luisa

Blanca Portillo ... Mercedes
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Alcalde
Fernando Tejero ... Johnny
Manuel Tallafé ... Claudio
Antonio Garrido ... Dr. Velasco

Carolina Bang ... Pilar Álvarez
Eduardo Casanova ... Lorenzo
Nerea Camacho ... Bárbara
Joaquín Climent ... Javier Gándara

Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Álvaro Aguirre

Antonio de la Torre ... Kiko Segura
José Manuel Cervino ... Presidente

Santiago Segura ... David Solar

Nacho Vigalondo ... Martín
Angie Paúl ... Agente Mujer (as Angie Paul)

Diego Calderón ... Asistente
María José Gil ... Tania
Cristina Alcázar ... Ana
Elvira Lomba ... Secretaria
Mila Natividad ... Recepcionista
Fernando Arenas ... Recepcionista Righthouse
Esther Munuera ... Teri

Javier Botet ... Indigente
Manuel Puchades ... Dr. Sanz
Marcos Ortiz ... Carlos ATS
Alberto Soto ... Toni ATS
Verónica Bermúdez ... Reportero 2
Fele Pastor ... Reportero 3
Ella Estrada ... Reportero 4 (as Elia Estrada)
Oskar Ramos ... Periodista 1 (as Oscar Ramos)
José Antonio Orta ... Jefe Bomberos
Melchiore Bila ... Técnico Rayos
Juan Jesús López ... Cámara Pilar
Ferran Gadea ... Guarda Jurado
Patricia Ledesma ... Chica Anuncio 'Chispa'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lutgardo Fernández ... Publicista (uncredited)
Concha García Campoy ... Herself (uncredited)
Josto Maffeo ... Himself (uncredited)
Axier Raya ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia  (as Alex de la Iglesia)
 
Writing credits
Randy Feldman (screenplay)

Álex de la Iglesia  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Yousaf Bokhari .... line producer
Randy Feldman .... executive producer
Vérane Frédiani .... co-producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer
Marco Gómez .... co-producer
Jenette Kahn .... executive producer
Jennifer Kelly .... co-producer
Ximo Pérez .... producer
Franck Ribière .... co-producer
Adam Richman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joan Valent 
 
Cinematography by
Kiko de la Rica 
 
Art Direction by
José Luis Arrizabalaga  (as Jose Luis Arrizabalaga 'Arri')
Biaffra  (as Arturo Garcia 'Biaffra')
 
Makeup Department
Saray Rodríguez .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mercedes Barbod .... production manager
Sheila Siguero .... co-production supervisor
Géraldine Polveroni .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuela Bellot .... third assistant director
Angela Ibañez .... assistant director
Angie Paúl .... second assistant director (as Angie Paul)
 
Art Department
Javier Escandell .... set dresser: Madrid (as Javier Escandel)
Francisco García García .... set dresser
Daniel Izar de la Fuente .... props
Paco Juez .... property master
Iván Marquerie .... set dresser (as Iván Marqueríe)
 
Sound Department
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Álvaro de Iscar .... pro tools operator
Álvaro de Iscar .... sound editor
Diego Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario González .... mixer assistant
Antonio Rodríguez 'Mármol' .... sound (as Antonio Rodriguez 'Marmol')
David Rodríguez .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Ángel Alonso .... special effects
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Manuel Barrero .... visual effects artist
Sergio Fernández .... motion graphics artist (as Sergio Fernandez)
Ricardo G. Elipe .... visual effects compositor
Juanjo González .... visual effects artist
Pedro Lara .... digital compositor
Sergio Paco Rubio .... visual effects producer
Francisco Palomares Pozas .... digital compositor
Óscar Perea Marcos .... digital compositor
Ferran Piquer .... visual effects supervisor
Miriam Piquer .... visual effects artist
José Miguel Zapata .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Juan José Rodríguez .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Corcuera .... digital imaging supervisor
Julio Fernández Santa .... key grip (as Julio 'Santa' Fernández)
Lionel Garrote .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Raúl del Hoyo .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Raul del Hoyo)
Iñigo Iglesias .... digital imaging technician
Josu Inchaustegui .... camera "a" operator
Aarón López .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Almudena Melida .... video assist operator
Raúl Morales .... camera "b" operator
Imanol Nabea .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Thamar Pueyo .... video assist
Pau Reig .... second unit focus puller
 
Casting Department
Marcos Chanca .... casting coordinator
Jorge Guardado .... extras casting assistant
Yaël Moreno .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bárbara Delgado .... wardrobe assistant
Lutgardo Fernández .... costume illustrator
 
Editorial Department
Fran Amaro .... first assistant editor (as Francisco Amaro Gómez)
Victor Martos .... color timer
 
Music Department
Marc Blanes Matas .... score mixer
Marc Blanes Matas .... score recordist
Michael Doherty .... composer: additional music
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
Pablo Uroz .... score mix assistant
 
Other crew
Francisco Amaro .... payroll clerk
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services (as Bianca Bezdek)
Laurent Boyé .... international publicist (as Laurent Boye)
Laurent Boyé .... publicist (as Laurent Boye)
Adam Callan .... assistant: Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman
Juan Antonio Clemente .... production assistant
Daniel de Andrés .... trainee production assistant: Cartagena
Karim Ferrero .... second production assistant: Madrid
Nerea Herrero .... trainee production assistant: Madrid
Montserrat Lobera .... script supervisor
David Lopez Arias .... production assistant (as David Lopezarias)
Eva G. Moreno .... trainee production assistant: Madrid
Raúl Orejón .... second production assistant: Madrid
Paula Pérez .... production coordinator
Ricardo Robles .... trainee production assistant: Cartagena
Luis Alberto Ros .... production resource
Manuel Ríos .... production resource
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Iván Soriano .... second production assistant: Cartagena
 
Thanks
Berta Díaz García-Campoy .... thanks
Concha García Campoy .... thanks
Josto Maffeo .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"La chispa de la vida" - Spain (original title)
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Argentina:94 min
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Salma Hayek worked in the movie 18 days.See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Comedy , drama and amusement by offbeat filmmaker Alex De La Iglesia, 30 August 2012
Author: ma-cortes

¨As Luck Would Have It¨ (La Chispa De La Vida) deals with an out-of-work publicist (Jose Mota) and once popular ad exec can't catch a break, until a freak accident at a Roman theater located in Cartagena puts him at the center of a media frenzy, he hires an agent (Fernando Tejero) to help him cash in on his life-or-death situation in an attempt to provide money for his family . Roberto's loving wife (Salma Hayek) tries to convince him he's worth more alive than dead .

Dramatic comedy follows an unemployed advertising executive as he looks for work , ultimately becoming the focal point of media attention when he falls into a precarious situation . This is a full-on surreal psychotronic black-comedy that blends emotion , thrills , comedy , tension as well as an interesting script full of dark humor ,outrageous drama , odd /selfish characters and exciting situations . This satirical melodrama explores the greedy nature between the media and public consumption . Eloy De La Iglesia moves out from under the literal big top and sets his sites on the mass media , probably as close to a modern circus as you can get . De la Iglesia reigns in his style this time around and delivers a utterly watchable takedown of ambition and media obsession that certainly delivers a few madly inspired moments . But while he tips his hat knowingly to films like Network and Billy Wilder's ¨Ace in the Hole¨, the end result is curiously toothless, and far less outlandish , intense and angry than either of those media-satire hallmarks . The film works on various levels and is constantly reconfigured , however contains some embarrassing , contriving moments and also certain excess . Acceptable performance by José Mota as an executive who has been out of work for a long time and suffers an accident and attempts to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder . A real standout by Salma Hayek , Mexican-born actress certainly makes up for her short stature with her performance in the film, receiving much praise for her role . Excellent plethora of secondaries such as the recently deceased Juan Luis Galiardo , Joaquin Climent , Juanjo Puigcorbe , Blanca Portillo and Alex De la Iglesia's ordinary actors such as Santiago Segura , Manuel Tallafé , Fernando Tejero , Enrique De La Torre and Carolina Bang whose partner is the director . Colorful and glimmer cinematography by Kiko De La Rica . Thrilling as well as emotive musical score by Joan Valent , the soundtrack flows great with the film in every way, and creates enjoyable atmospheres in every moment.

The motion picture was well directed by the king of black comedy , Alex De La Iglesia , though failed at the Spanish Box office . He's a cool director has got much success as ¨Accion Mutante¨ ,¨Dying of laughter¨ or ¨Muertos De Risa¨ , ¨Baby's room¨ , ¨Oxford murders¨ and ¨Balada Triste De Una Trompeta¨ and winner of several Goyas (Spanish Oscars), however his movies have not yet reached box office in USA, but he has strong followers . Nonsense, ridicule , laughters , absurdity , disturbing scenes .. and many other issues ; you can find everything in this flick . The movie is a lot of fun, especially for those who enjoy surrealist humor . This is without a doubt a thrilling and enjoyable movie to be enjoyed for dark humor buffs and Alex De Iglesia fans.

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