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El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (1996)

Two young people meet in the 60's as a result of their devotion to John Lennon, and have a recurring relationship during the next thirty years at the oddest of moments, in the most diverse ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Diana Balaguer
Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Santi Garcia
Gabino Diego ... Santi joven
Penélope Cruz ... Diana Balaguer joven
Carles Sans Carles Sans ... Vittorio Raimondi
Lola Herrera ... María Luisa
Laura Conejero ... María José
Luis Fernando Alvés Luis Fernando Alvés ... Gonzalo
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... José
Jaime Ruiz Peñas Jaime Ruiz Peñas ... Gemelo 1
Víctor Ruiz Peñas Víctor Ruiz Peñas ... Gemelo 2
Santi Millán ... Secretario 1 (as Santiago Millán)
José Corbacho ... Secretario 2 (as José Corbacho Nieto)
José Antonio Navarro José Antonio Navarro ... Empleado Seguridad (as José A. Navarro)
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Modelo


Two young people meet in the 60's as a result of their devotion to John Lennon, and have a recurring relationship during the next thirty years at the oddest of moments, in the most diverse places, and during very important moments that defined several decades. Pay attention as one couple of younger actors alternate with the other couple of older actors to recreate this 30 year span in this Spanish-French comedy. Written by Gonz30

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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By Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Mario Del Monaco, Afro Poli & Renata Tebaldi
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A mixed success, but I still rate it at 7
21 November 2002 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

After a well-handled and intriguing light-comedy scene at a reception for the King of Spain, this film returns us to that moment through a thirty-year-long flashback told through numerous rather distinct scenes, each striving toward another amorous turn of triumph in the enduring attraction of the two main characters. The quality of those triumphs matures over time, and in each we confront, to varying degrees, light suspense, nostalgia and humor. The dialogue is at times hilarious - quick turns of phrases, clashes of word choice with social surroundings, etc., but of course understanding the Spanish is at times essential for full comic appreciation.

In the first half of the film occurs a short sequence of rapid-fire madcap stunts that surprise and work well, but thereafter, slapstick is largely absent through the remainder of the film - or at least till the end. As already hinted, some of the scenes end so successfully, and with a sentiment seeming so perfectly to wrap up the film, that I was momentarily disillusioned to see it continue.

As for acting, the leading actors project wonderfully and are capable of charm and "sutileza" (the English spelling escapes me at the moment). I order zone-2 dvds from Spain and received this along with Cielo Abierto, which I rate higher (I like Albaladejo's work). Yet I give this a 7-rating. With many films I can envision how I might reorder or change the work - with El amor perjudica seriamente la salud, I find the basic plot extremely challenging - yet when it did end, all in my family left the room smiling and laughing. There is no graphic sex, and whatever violence that occurs is comic. The language is non-offensive, at least to Spanish sensitivities. Probably my favorite film with a plot vaguely-vaguely similar to this one is Avanti, with Jack Lemmon.

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