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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

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Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

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Luis García Berlanga (story) (as Luis G. Berlanga), Rafael Azcona (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassen ... Plácido Alonso (as Casto Sendra 'Cassen')
José Luis López Vázquez ... Gabino Quintanilla
Elvira Quintillá ... Emilia
Manuel Alexandre ... Julián Alonso
Mario Bustos Mario Bustos ... Don Rodolfo (as Mario de Bustos)
María Francés ... Hermana de la Caridad
Mari Carmen Yepes Mari Carmen Yepes ... Martita (as Carmen Yepes)
Jesús Puche Jesús Puche ... Jefe de estación
Roberto Llamas Roberto Llamas ... Damián Olmedo
Amelia de la Torre ... Doña Encarna de Galán
Juan G. Medina Juan G. Medina ... Don Arturo
José María Caffarel ... Zapater (as José Mª Caffarel)
Xan das Bolas ... Rivas
Fernando Delgado ... Representante
Laura Granados Laura Granados ... Erika
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Storyline

In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebrations also include a parade, and in it we find Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it. Written by Pablo Montoya

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 1962 (France) See more »

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Placido See more »

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Jet Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Voted fourth best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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The desperation of Spain seen through the looking-glass of black comedy.
6 September 1998 | by el_monty_BCNSee all my reviews

As is almost always the case with the films of Berlanga, this film is a comedy on the surface, which hides a very hard and crude criticism of the situation of Spanish society during the dictatorship. In those years, Spanish filmmakers couldn't speak freely and openly about the dismal state of their country, so they had to pass their message to the audience between the lines. Berlanga was a master at doing this, and Plácido is one of his finest examples. The abysmal differences that existed between the very poor (the majority of the population at the time) and the very rich, who treated the rest with utter contempt and ridiculous condescency, is portrayed with such strength that it can't leave anyone indifferent. But it is done in the form of a comedy, and a very funny one, full of absurd situations and memorable dialogues, but also a very black one, with some scenes, especially near the end of the movie, which are on the edge of the truly macabre. A true masterpiece from one of the greatest Spanish directors.


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