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El sudor de los ruiseñores (1998)



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Credited cast:
Carlos Ysbert Carlos Ysbert ... Tote
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandru Agarici Alexandru Agarici ... Mihai
Fiorina Atanasescu Fiorina Atanasescu ... Madre
Lorena Berroya Lorena Berroya ... Niña Parque del Retiro
Berta Casals Berta Casals ... Laura
Virgilio Cotelo Virgilio Cotelo ... Policia
Maria de Medeiros ... Goyita
Javier Garin Javier Garin ... Padre Toto
Daniel Gil Daniel Gil ... Jefe Skinheads
Jaime Martin Gomez Jaime Martin Gomez ... Gamberro
Rafael Llano Rafael Llano ... Hombre brusco
Ioana Ana Macaria Ioana Ana Macaria ... Irina
Jaime Martín Jaime Martín
Manolo Monje Manolo Monje ... Director de orquestra (as Manolo Monje)
Victor Ribas Victor Ribas ... Conductor violento


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4 December 1998 (Spain) See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Film has a quiet charm!
4 November 1999 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

This is a story of empty promises and broken dreams. Writer-director Juan Manuel Cotelo has brought together all the necessary elements for an entertaining story. Imai (Alexandru Agarici) a naive Rumanian cello player sets out for Madrid where he believes Jobs are plentiful and the money good. There he meets Toto (Carlos Ysbert) a perpetual optimist and puppeteer and Goyita (Maria de Medeiros) who provides cheap accommodation in a run-down hotel. The dialogue between Imai and Goyita is like nothing I've seen or heard before. She has an outstanding presence and is truly delightful. The boisterous Toto who believes you should accept everyone as they are lifts every scene with his good-natured exuberance. I like particularly the scene in the subway where Imai and Toto are confronted by four threatening larrikins and how Toto handles the situation. Toto thinks big and in a toy-shop he steals a life-sized bear for Imai's little 2-year old. I liked the way Agarici plays Imai as the somewhat withdrawn, honest, sincere, religious character who demands so little from life. The seduction scene in which Goyita tries to seduce Imai puts him to the test of fidelity. Some beautiful music is interwoven with the scenes together with great cello pieces rendered in the street entertainment. The film scores high marks from me because of the delicate handling of the characters. The whole film has a quiet charm. It was the title of the film that really tempted me to watch it and I discovered that "dew is the sweat of the nightingale exhausted from singing all night".

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