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Volver a empezar (1982)

PG | | Drama | 1 March 1982 (Spain)
A Nobel prize winner returns to his natal city looking for his home.

Director:

José Luis Garci

Writers:

José Luis Garci (as J.L. Garci), Ángel Llorente
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Antonio Ferrandis ... Antonio Albajara
Encarna Paso ... Elena
José Bódalo ... Roxiu (as Jose Bodalo)
Agustín González ... Gervasio Losada (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Pablo Hoyos Pablo Hoyos ... Ernesto
Marta Fernández Muro ... Carolina (as Marta Fernandez Muro)
Pablo del Hoyo Pablo del Hoyo ... Sabino
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Storyline

Antonio Albajara is a successful poet and teacher in the Berkeley University that returns to Gijón (Principality of Asturias, north to Spain). He travels there looking for everything that he left behind in his youth when he turned a well-known poet and writer in Mexico and USA, winning the Nobel prize with time. In Gijón he meets again with his past in Roxiu, an old friend (both played in the Sporting of Gijón's soccer team years ago) and Elena, his great-love of past times. Through his memory, his friends and Elena, Antonio starts an unforgettable journey by everyone. Written by Chockys

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youth | friend | love | homeland | journey | See All (5) »

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Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 March 1982 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Begin the Beguine See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

ESP 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Nickel Odeon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spain's official submission to the 1983's Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Canon in D Major
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Begin the Beguine, Begin the Beguine?? Begin the Beguine!!!!
19 August 2001 | by Chuck V.See all my reviews

...and Pachelbel's Canon!!! Yes, if you enjoy these timeless melodies, be sure and not see "Volver a empezar." I assure you, you won't like them anymore. These tunes played over and over and over again until I was thoroughly sick of them. I wonder if that wasn't what was killing Albajara.

To give it some credit, the film did feature attractive landscape photography, and the acting was reasonably accomplished. But the story was utterly generic soap opera and the direction was pedestrian, when it wasn't aiming for sickly sentimentality. (No pun intended)

If you absolutely must watch a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner / soap opera, stick with "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears."


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