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The Dead Man and Being Happy (2012)
"El muerto y ser feliz" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  11 January 2013 (Spain)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Sacristán ...
Santos
Roxana Blanco ...
Érika
Valeria Alonso ...
Enfermera joven y bonita
Jorge Jellinek ...
Hombre grande
Maria Elisa Caligaris ...
Alejandra
Horacio Vay ...
Doctor
Giona Pascual Condito ...
Enfermo
Carlos Zumbo ...
Enfermo
Manuel García ...
Enfermo
Juan Nemirovsky ...
Mozo
Omar Tiberty ...
Rubén
Itatí Eva Aranda ...
Mucama Colombiana
José Pierini ...
Hombre de mediana edad
Horacio Maldonado ...
Hombre elegante en calzoncillos
Paula Viel ...
Chica
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El Muerto is the story of a Spanish man in Argentina who one day becomes aware on the upper floor of a hospital in Buenos Aires of his approaching death. He decides to escape, to flee towards the north and across Argentina. This last cross has no specific destination. Only matters movement and sensation of extreme freedom, but above all, the feeling to leave behind only the last moment of life. Hit-man of his condition, he is intimate with death. That's why he serenely moves forward her. His long wondering, being similar by many aspects to a modern novel of cavalry. In this paradoxical movement of avoiding death while rushing towards her, he meets a women, she will be his rider. This movie is the story of a hit-man who does not murder. A story of guns that don't do fire, dogs and roads. Written by Production

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When director Javier Rebollo saw the first cut, he realized that José Sacristán had made the character of Santos, a hit man, much more lovable that Rebollo and her co-writer Lola Mayo originally intended. That's the main reason why Rebollo and Mayo recorded a constant voice over trough the whole movie, to try to neutralize Santos's charm. See more »

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¡Ay pena, penita, pena!
Lyrics by Antonio Quintero and Rafael de León
Music by Manuel L. Quiroga
Performed by José Sacristán
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Spanish/Argentina co-production about a murderer with a woman traveling through Argentina and meet strangers and colorful outdoors
5 April 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

El Muerto is the story of a Spanish murderous called Santos (Jose Sacristan) in Argentina who one day becomes aware on the upper floor of a hospital in Buenos Aires of his approaching death , as he is suffering three Cancers . He decides to escape, to flee towards the north and across Argentina. This last cross has no specific destination. Only matters movement and sensation of extreme freedom, but above all, the feeling to leave behind only the last moment of life. The protagonist picks up a rare and mature woman called Erika (Roxana Blanco) and together travel throughout the lands of Argentina, she will be his rider. That's why he serenely moves forward her , he meets a companion . In this paradoxical movement of avoiding death while rushing towards her, he meets an agreeable companion .

Strange film dealing with an interminable road movie starred by a hit-man , an ill killer who is continuously injecting morphine for his tumors of brain and pancreas . This movie is the story of a hit-man who does not murder , a story of guns that don't do fire, dogs and roads . His long wondering, being similar by many aspects to a modern novel of cavalry , as he is a killer of his condition, he is intimate with death . Rare flick , its has a few gaps and is slow moving , but anyway, it is compensated with the great performances from Jose Sacristan and Roxana Blanco . The film is narrated by a continuous and annoying voice in off , as when director Javier Rebollo saw the first cut, he realized that José Sacristán had made the character of Santos, a hit-man, much more lovable that Rebollo and her co-writer Lola Mayo originally intended . That's the main reason why Rebollo and Mayo recorded a constant voice over trough the whole movie, to try to neutralize Santos's charm. The motion picture was deliberately directed by Javier Rebollo who previously realized shorts and two films titled Lo Que Se De Lola and La Mujer Sin Piano .

¨The Dead Man and Being Happy¨ results to be a hot homage to a great actor , Jose Sacristan , a Spanish player with a long career , about forty years , in which he has been playing all kind roles . As José Sacristán was born in 1937 , Chinchón, Madrid . He is an magnificent actor and occasionally director, especially known for Un Lugar en Mundo (1992), Éste Es Mi barrio (1996) and El Viaje a Ninguna Parte (1986). He is married to also actress Leonor Benedetto. Other important films he performed are the followings : Un Hombre Llamado Flor de Otoño , Niñas.. al Salón , Reina Zanahoria , Acto Posesión , Asignatura Pendiente , Hasta Matrimonio Nos Separe and Parranda . Furthermore , Sacristan directed three acceptable films : 1977 Yo Bajo en la Próxima, ¿y Usted? , 1987 Cara Acelga and 1983 Soldados De Plomo .


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