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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Marcos ... Eva
Candela Peña ... Alba
Ernesto Alterio Ernesto Alterio ... Juan
María Pujalte María Pujalte ... Isabel
Ginés García Millán ... Adrián
Fele Martínez ... Rafa
Saturnino García ... Padre Isabel
Celia Ballester Celia Ballester ... Madre Isabel
Alberto San Juan ... Jaime
Laura Inclán Laura Inclán ... Mercedes
Chete Lera ... Agustín
Olalla Moreno Olalla Moreno ... Yoli
Pedro Alonso ... Miguel
Amara Carmona Amara Carmona ... Sra. Pregunta
Blanca Li Blanca Li ... Rosi


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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless in Madrid See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain


Box Office


ESP 225,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lobster Song
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Decent romantic drama/comedy with nice acting , appropriate settings and competent filmmaking
31 January 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Sleepless in Madrid¨ or ¨Insomnio¨ is a touching and interesting drama with comedy adding emotion , love stories and amusing elements ; including enjoyable performances , with roles very well developed . Insomnio joins three lives : a single mother (Cristina Marcos) who needs to maintain her job as a TV producer and seeks new apartment ; her neighbor girl (Candela Peña), a stage actress without a penny to her name who has suffered a loving break and a young (Ernesto Alterio) who doubts upon his sentimental future and about get married to his jealous girlfriend (Maria Pujalte) . All of them have insomnia and will have to make some decisions that could cost them everything .

This is an entertaining Dramedy : Drama and comedy ; it describes vividly Spanish existences about a few characters . It is a moving picture plenty of passion , romances , love breaking , human relationships and many other things . The movie explores issues of middle and lower classes with bad-paid , part-time works , examining the way in which a society , especially young people , react to the ordinary problems throughout their lives . It is an examination of sensitivity contemporary , social and habit concerns . From start to finish the intense drama , enjoyable comedy , thrills , emotion and surprises are continuous . Interesting and stirring screenplay by Juan Flahn , the prestigious Fernando León de Aranoa and the same director Chus Gutiérrez . This brooding as well as attractive flick can be defined as a thought-provoking drama , an exciting fresco with emotion , love stories and a social fable . It contains enjoyable and interesting moments as the picture is more a drama than a comedy film . It's an acceptable movie but it also has ups and downs , resulting to be slow-moving , too . Anyway , its is compensated with the great performances , as the cast gets credible and nuanced acting that enrich the flick . This film grabs our attention , beginning with a really agreeable performance from Cristina Marcos and Candela Peña . In fact , Cristina Marcos won award Best Actress for Insomnio in Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival , 1998 . Support cast is pretty good such as Ginés García Millán , Fele Martínez , Saturnino García , Alberto San Juan , Chete Lera , Mariola Fuentes , Antonio De La Torre who usually plays in Chus Gutierrez's films and Amara Carmona who starred ¨Alma Gitana¨ . The movie packs a charming and brilliant musical score by Mateo Alonso . And adequate as well as atmospheric cinematography by Arnaldo Catinari , being shot on locations from Madrid .

The yarn is always dramatic as well as hilarious when is executed with style and the filmmaker certainly seems to have that . The motion picture well produced by Cesar Benitez was professionally directed by Chus Gutiérrez . She is one of the best Spanish directors who has realized some good films such as ¨Alma Gitana¨, ¨Sexo Oral¨ , ¨Sublet¨, ¨Ciudad Delirio¨ , ¨Calentito¨ and a diptych titled ¨Poniente¨ along with ¨Retorno a Hansal¨ , both of them dealing with illegal immigration and a similar cast as Jose Coronado , Cuca Escribano , Antonio Dechent and Antonio De La Torre .

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