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Spanish Affair (2014)

Ocho apellidos vascos (original title)
Rafael, a Sevillian who has never left Andalucia, decides to leave his homeland to follow Amaia, a Basque girl unlike other women whom he has ever known.

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(as Emilio Martínez-Lázaro)
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Amaia
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Rafa
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Merche
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Koldo
Alberto López ...
Joaquín
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Curro
Aitor Mazo ...
Padre Inaxio
Abel Mora ...
Pedro
Aitziber Garmendia ...
Iratxe
Miriam Cabeza ...
Edurne
Iñaki Beraetxe ...
Ertzaintza 1
Egoitz Lasa ...
Ertzaintza 2
Lander Otaola ...
Borroka 1
Mikel Roman ...
Borroka 2
Santi Ugalde ...
Conductor Kepa
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Rafael, a Sevillian who has never left Andalucia, decides to leave his homeland to follow Amaia, a Basque girl unlike other women whom he has ever known.

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14 March 2014 (Spain)  »

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8 Namen für die Liebe  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)
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Only the third time in the History of the Goya Awards in which a movie has won both the Best Actor and Best Actress award. See more »

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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Sevilla tiene un color especial
Written by Miguel Ángel Magüesín (Miguel Ángel Magüesín de los Santos) and César Cadaval
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Very funny Spanish comedy
14 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is indeed a very funny Spanish comedy, with good acting by all the leads, a solid script boasting plenty of amusing situations and dialogues that never become too over- the-top or superficial, and some beautiful shots of both País Vasco (Basque Country) and Andalucía (Andalusia).

A word of warning, though: This film plays with local accents and stereotypes, current and past Spanish politics, and memes that you will have to be familiar with ahead of time to understand the gags. It is also heavily reliant on how Spaniards envision Basques, thus limiting its comedic effect to Spanish audiences (or at the very least, people familiar with the aforementioned themes).

I, being a Spaniard, had no problem having fun with this film. As enjoyable as it was, however, I can't help but find it undeserving of being the most successful film at the Spanish Box Office of all time, considering all the great cinema and the superior films this country has created in the past. But perhaps it's not so much the quality but the timing of this film that has led to its success: This film makes you laugh and sends a message of unity and love despite our differences. This may just be what Spaniards need in such hard times.


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