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La buena estrella (1997)

Rafael witnesses Marina - a woman with a glass eye - being attacked on the street by Daniel; her long-time acquaintance since the orphanage, where they were both raised as kids. He rescues ... See full summary »

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Ricardo Franco

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Álvaro del Amo (dialogue), Pedro Costa (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Antonio Resines ... Rafael
Maribel Verdú ... Marina
Jordi Mollà ... Daniel
Elvira Mínguez ... Ana Mari
Ramón Barea ... Paco
Clara Sanchis Clara Sanchis ... Elena (as Clara Sanchís)
Andrea Ramírez Andrea Ramírez ... Estrella 3 años
Lola Franco Lola Franco ... Estrella 9 años
Sonia Cuellar Sonia Cuellar ... Marinita
José Domínguez José Domínguez ... Ramón
Ramiro Alonso Ramiro Alonso ... Martín
Francisco Marsó Francisco Marsó ... Taxista (as Paco Marsó)
Cristina Collado Cristina Collado ... Mari Carmen
Cristina Camisón Cristina Camisón ... Nurse
José Urdiain José Urdiain ... David
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Rafael witnesses Marina - a woman with a glass eye - being attacked on the street by Daniel; her long-time acquaintance since the orphanage, where they were both raised as kids. He rescues her from Daniel and brings her to his home, where a relationship between them soon develops. Marina is pregnant, but since Daniel does not want the child, Rafael offers to step in as the father, having his own physical problems, preventing him from having kids. He and Marina stays together as a couple, and as a family. But once everything seems to be settled, Daniel - released from prison - shows up again. Written by Anonymous

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Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

En el corazón del otro See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Budget:

ESP 175,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A heartbreaking masterpiece
12 January 2000 | by Toni-50See all my reviews

La Buena Estrella is possibly one of the most beautiful and moving films ever made. It tells the tale of Rafael (Antonio Resines), a lonely butcher whose life changes when he saves Marina (Maribel Verdu) from a brutal attack, and falls in love with her. Rafael learns that Marina is a prostitute and is pregnant to her pimp, Daniel (Jordi Molla) who was the guy attacking her. Rafael marries Marina and, with their daughter, attempt to live life as a normal, loving family. Tragically, however, their dreams are shattered when Daniel comes out of prison and comes in search of help.....

I went into this film not really knowing a thing about it, other than that it had been notorious for press screenings during which even the normally hard-hearted film critics had been seen coming out crying. I thought I would be immune to this. I was wrong. I was fine for about the first 3 minutes of the film, spent the rest of the film with a lump in my throat and the occasional runaway tear, and then sobbed uncontrollably for the last 10-15 minutes. At this point, I turned round to see if any of the 100-150 in the hall were staring at me, only to see that they were as bad. When I left the cinema, I asked the usher if audiences always reacted like that. "Every time" came the reply. I went on to see it 7 times at the cinema.

I can't really explain why it is so sad without giving anything away, but the film is superb. Antonio Resines, a renowned comic actor in Spain, gives a marvellously subtle performance as a profoundly decent human being who just wants to make everyone happy and suffers the consequences, Maribel Verdu succeeds in making you care for her character, even though what she does would probably make her the villain in any other film, whereas Jordi Molla (who lost out on the Goya (Spain's Oscar) to Resines) gives possibly the most complex performance I have ever seen. The way he veers from terrifying you, making you love him and breaking your heart is breathtaking. Also, the music of Eva Gancedo (very reminiscent of that from Cinema Paradiso) is fragile and poignant, complementing the film perfectly. The film is marvellously directed by Ricardo Franco, who went on to win the Goya that year but tragically died shortly after. If you have a heart and you want its strings to be tugged, it is IMPERATIVE that you see this film.


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