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The Pelayos (2012)

Three Spanish guys create a code to win money at the casinos.

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Three Spanish guys create a code to win money at the casinos.

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Casino Barcelona - Die Glückssträhne  »

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$751,938 (Spain), 27 April 2012, Limited Release
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Nice film with luxurious production design , glamorous photography , good performances and alright filmmaking
15 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Gonzalo Pelayo (Lluís Homar)'s dream has always been to go to win at a great casino . Unhealthy Gonzalo is a veteran man but has a marvelous dream to decipher a legal way to win and become a winner person . Gonzalo comes up with a way to chose number to win at the Casinos and he convinces his son Iván (Daniel Brühl) , a highly intelligent young , who strives to succeed and they , then , reunite their particular family . As various Spanish guys supported by an ill old man create a code in legal method to win money at the casinos . As Iván gets together fishmonger Balón (Vicente Romero) and his quirky cousins Marcos (Oriol Villa) and Alfredo (Miguel Ángel Silvestre , alias ¨El Duke¨) and both of whom they arrange to break the bank of casino by means of winning in roulettes gambles . All of them form a small but secretive club and are being trained by Gonzalo to the skill of win at the roulette wheel in international Casinos . Using their skills of code and hand signals , the bettors have made hundreds of thousands of Euros and dollars in wagers , winning at casino after casino , changing the game forever . They broke the banks at casinos across five continents : Ámsterdam , Las Vegas , Australia , Paris , Madrid , Vienna , Macao , Hong Kong . . . But their arrogance at winning put on the radar of a tough casino security enforcer , (Eduard Fernández) , who is working on his own personal agenda , as he holds a mutual grudge of some kind against Gonzalo which threatens to undo everything the members have learned and earned . Ultimately, greed , pride , ego , desperation and reckoning all play a role in how involvement in this group affects Gonzalo's life plan .

An impressively crafted , well-played flick , founded on a perfectly calibrated screenplay whose emotional grip tightens as it proceeds . There takes place a thrilling cat and mouse game , as well as an intense battle of wits between a wise but sickly veteran excellently played by Luis Homar and a cerebral , stubborn security controller , magnetically performed by Eduard Fernández . Being inspired by real events in with a group of bettings were able to win hundreds of thousands of dollars at roulette tables around the world as their incredible achievements became legendary , and not only in the small casinos . This ¨The Pelayos¨ bears remarkable resemblance to ¨21 BlackJack¨ (2008) by Robert Luketic , also starred by a gang of freaks who defy a two-fisted agent , being played by Jim Sturgess , Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey . The protagonist of this great success results to be Daniel Bhrul who was born in Barcelona and brought up in a fully multilingual home , as he speaks fluent German , English, Portuguese , Spanish , French and Catalan , displaying a successful national and international career with a lot of hits as ¨Eva¨ , ¨Intruders¨, ¨Krabat¨, ¨Good bye Lenin¨ , ¨The Fifth Estate¨ and ¨Rush¨. Luis Homar is simply awesome , he steals the show as an old , illness-stricken but super-intelligent gambler . Agreeable support cast gives nice acting as Miguel Ángel Silvestre , Oriol Vila , Vicente Romero , Blanca Suárez as gorgeous crupier , Marina Salas and special mention for the astute and revengeful Casino chief masterfully played by Eduard Fernández . The picture deservedly had several prizes , it Won Gaudí Award Best Production Manager : Eduard Vallès , Gaudí Award Best Film not in the Catalan Language and Nominated best art design and cinematography . Besides , Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2012 : Won Silver Biznaga Best Film Editing .

In addition , it displays a colorful photography in juicy atmosphere , being filmed by David Omedes , deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen , who has shot successes as ¨Salvador¨, "To Hell with the Ugly", ¨Special's chef¨ , ¨My mothers likes women¨ and ¨A night at old Mexico¨ . Being filmed on location in Barcelona, Catalonia, Lloret de Mar, Girona , Palma, Mallorca , Balearic Islands , Gran Casino Mallorca . Lively and atmospheric musical score by Micka Luna . Well and lavishly produced by Loris Omedes , Julio Piedra and Gonzalo e Ivan Garcia Pelayo . The motion picture was professionally directed by Eduard Cortes . Here Cortés , also writer , was inspired by the true events of a band who were trained to become experts in bets and subsequently took many casinos for millions in winnings . His film ¨Nobody's life¨ with Jose Coronado , was very nicely received , being debut director Eduard Cortés , from the world of television , where he has extensive experience as a director of TV3 regional channel . He has realized several TV episodes for known series and subsequently shooting other films as ¨Ingrid¨ , ¨Otros Dias Vendran¨ , ¨La Caverna¨, ¨Atraco¨ and this ¨The Pelayos¨ . The motion picture will appeal to quartet protagonist fans , Daniel Bhrul , Luis Homar , Miguel Angel Silvestre , Blanca Suarez ; all of them make an excellent work . Rating : Better than average , worthwhile watching


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