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Pídele cuentas al rey (1999)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 February 2000 (Spain)
Fidel, an Asturian miner worker, after the closure of the mine where he works, decides to leave his family behind and start a travel walking from his town in Asturias to Madrid to ask to ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesús Bonilla ... Tavio
Pedro Civera Pedro Civera ... Exministro
Alfonso Vallejo ... Germán
Pepo Oliva ... Ismael
Manuel Alexandre ... Pepón
Carmen Vicente-Arche Carmen Vicente-Arche ... Covi (as Carmen Arche)
Loli Astoreka Loli Astoreka ... Lula
Adriana Ozores ... Lina
Nicolás Fernández Luna Nicolás Fernández Luna ... Nicolás
Antonio Resines ... Fidel
Rosa Merás Rosa Merás ... Viuda Ramiro (as Rosa María Meras)
Emma Penella ... Carmen
Eduardo Antuña Eduardo Antuña ... Julián
Fran Sariego Fran Sariego ... Guaje
Adriano Prieto Adriano Prieto ... Cliente fijo


Fidel, an Asturian miner worker, after the closure of the mine where he works, decides to leave his family behind and start a travel walking from his town in Asturias to Madrid to ask to the King Juan Carlos I about because Spanish government don't accomplish Spanish Constitution, more accurately the article that addresses that all Spanish citizens have right to a decent job. Will be Fidel received by the King? Written by Chockys

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10 February 2000 (Spain) See more »

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Asturias, Spain See more »

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Engaging and agreeable movie that pays tribute to Asturian miners , in which Antonio Resines decides to walk from Asturias to Madrid
8 June 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Fun , amusing and touching flick about a loser called Fidel (Antonio Resines) attempting to a pull off a peculiar social protest . This is an interesting Dramedy : comedy with brief touches of drama more in less than 90 minutes of length and yet with an air of naturalness and credibility ; though essentially predominates comedy in which a miner taking a particular protest on their own hands . The setting is city of Mieres (Asturias) and surroundings , home of a massive industry and jobs aplenty . Today with the industry and mining in decline and with a lot of deadly accidents the worthy works have been closed down , there is widespread unemployment , strikes and despair . It tells the story of an Asturian miner Fidel who tiring for the social and economical crisis -and being supported by the likable father-in-law (Manuel Alexandre) and opposed of his mother (Emma Penella)- decides to proceed his special social protest . As Fidel along with his family , wife (Adriana Ozores) , and six-year-old child , decide to walk 500 kilometers for being received by the king of Spain , Juan Carlos I , and then ask him for the right of all the workers to have a valuable job . Along the way he meets a thief who steals his belongings , some evaded immigrants , another Portuguese family in a similar state whose father (Manuel Manquiña) attempts to imitate Fidel , throwing stones each other , and several other things . As Fidel crosses Spain from Asturias to Madrid , suffering a lot of adventures , misfortunes and distresses , among others .

This entertaining film knows very well inter-cross these two genres , comedy with brief touches of drama , although the most comfortable note in the enjoyable comedy . Including a sour denounce about injustices , regarding unemployment , exploitation , and corruption . It is presented as a comedy , but it does have some very moving moments, as it shows the despair , desolation of unemployment and mining lockout . And it subtly displays the economic conditions of Aznar/Zapatero's Spain, where entire industries were shut down , taking jobs and local economies along with them . The picture relies heavily on the relationship between two main characters , Antonio Resines-Adriana Ozores , though some of the sub-plots needed more fleshing out . Yet the laughs are sprinkled throughout nicely , and even though each man has their own personal fears to overcome, they find strength in each other, which makes the experience all the more fruitful .

It's fun, but no less likable , though some infinite sadness follows the film at times , including a touching finale . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few disconcerting . This is a pleasant flick that contains humor , entertainment and amusement as well as thought-provoking issues . The film gives a nice character studio of a desperate miner well played by Antonio Resines . As the picture pays tribute to this magnificent actor , Antonio Resines , a famous player and producer, known for his acting in films as : Línea Del Cielo , Todo Por Pasta , Amanece Que No Es Poco , La Buena Estrella , Carreteras Secundarias , Tiempo De Felicidad , Celda 211 (2009) and TV as Ladrones van a Oficina , Los Serrano (2003), and A las Once En Casa (1998). And special mention to appearance by veteran Manuel Alexandre as a very good performed old man . Furthermore , other notorious secondaries give phenomenal acting , such as : Emma Penella , Pep Oliva , Eduardo Antuña , Antonio Gamero , Antonio Dechent , Manuel Manquiña . And , as usual , cameo by Santiago Segura .

Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Julio Madurga. Attractive soundtrack by Juan Carlos Cuello , with plenty of Asturian music , communist songs , and musical sounds in country style . Being well produced by two great producers : Pedro Costa and Enrique Cerezo . The motion picture was professionally written and directed by José Antonio Quirós , an usual documentary filmmaker , this one results to be his first flick . He has directed a few films as Cenizas del Cielo (2008) and Todo El Tiempo del Mundo (2014). The picture will appeal to Spanish cinema fans .

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