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How to Be Miserable and Enjoy It (1994)

Cómo ser infeliz y disfrutarlo (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Carmen
Antonio Resines ... Antonio
Asunción Balaguer ... Doña Charo
Pilar Bardem ... Portera
Irene Bau Irene Bau ... Marta
Francis Lorenzo Francis Lorenzo ... Diego
Ramon Madaula ... Romualdo
Ferran Rañé ... Felipe
Tito Valverde ... Fernando D'Ocon (as Fernando Valverde)
El Gran Wyoming El Gran Wyoming ... Miguel Ángel
Alicia Agut Alicia Agut ... Emilia
Xanti Ugalde Xanti Ugalde ... Cerezo
José María Cañete José María Cañete ... Federico
Antonio Gamero ... Alfredo
Angelina Llongueras Angelina Llongueras ... Pepita


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Release Date:

10 February 1994 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Be Miserable and Enjoy It See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Dolby SR
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By José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Fórmula V.
Edited by Canciones del Mundo, S.A.
Courtesy of PolyGram Iberica, S.A.
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How to be miserable and really enjoy it!
8 August 2009 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Carmen, a newspaper journalist, is made a widow early in the story when her husband has a massive heart attack and dies. Her life alone, is not exactly what she probably thought it was going to be. Coping with her loss, she goes on with the job, which is about the only thing in her life that gives her some satisfaction.

To make matters worse, she finds out her only daughter, Marta, is pregnant. Being practical, she has the young woman return to Madrid to be near her. Her old home is full of memories that she wants to get rid of, so she begins searching for an pent house apartment overlooking the Retiro Park, something that proves to be a difficult task for her. The men she meets are not exactly what she was hoping for, as they don't compare with the dead husband.

Enrique Urbizu directed this Spanish film based on a book that might be an autobiography of Carmen Rico Godoy, a newspaper woman with a column in one of Spain's leading newspapers. Perhaps the novel was a lot better than what was presented as a film. The only reason for watching this movie was Carmen Maura, one of the most accomplished actresses in the Spanish cinema. Her take on the main character is what saves the film, which suffers from a weak screenplay.

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