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In This Tricky Life (2001)

En la puta vida (original title)
Montevideo, Uruguay. In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariana Santangelo Goldman ... Elisa (as Mariana Santángelo)
Silvestre Silvestre ... Plácido el Cara
Josep Linuesa ... Marcelo
Andrea Fantoni Andrea Fantoni ... Lulú
Rodrigo Speranza Rodrigo Speranza ... Marcos
Agustín Abreu Agustín Abreu ... Nicolás
Carlos Calero Carlos Calero ... El Conejo
Fermí Herrero Fermí Herrero ... El Gigante
Augusto Mazzarelli Augusto Mazzarelli ... Garcia
Graciela Gelos Graciela Gelos ... Teresa
Graciela Escuder Graciela Escuder ... Doña Sera
Ana Castillo Ana Castillo ... La Gorda
Ileana López Ileana López ... La Flaca
Hugo Blandamuro Hugo Blandamuro ... El Gordo
Alex Borucki Alex Borucki ... Functionario del consulado (as Alex Borucky)


Montevideo, Uruguay. In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa moves out of her mother's house with her two children and breaks up with Garcia, her boss and lover who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married. So, in the space of twenty-four hours, Elisa finds herself without a roof over her head, without a man, without a job and without money. Her best friend Loulou finds her a job - in the brothel run by Dona Jacqueline. And without really being aware of it, Elisa slides into prostitution, which leads her to Barcelona. She falls in love, she is exploited, she gets involved in transvestite gang wars, and meanwhile just dreams of earning enough money for her little beauty salon back home. Written by Anonymous

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Una historia real... tan real que aún sucede.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Uruguay | Argentina | Cuba | Spain | Belgium



Release Date:

7 April 2001 (Uruguay) See more »

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In This Tricky Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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a hidden gem
15 February 2014 | by berthirschSee all my reviews

this is a well paced drama about an important subject-white sex slaves. 2 Uruguayan girls follow a pimp to Barcelona at which point they are literally kidnapped and forced into prostitution. the movie is well written , despite the subject matter there is some good humor. the characters are well developed. Mariana Santangelo portrays the lead as one of the most adorable and alluring roles an actress has portrayed on film. This is a must see. A hidden gem. The pimp, played by Silvestre, an Argentine TV actor is also excellent and pulls you in a quiet forceful manner. The chemistry between these 2 leads is easy to see.

Searching the IMD data base most of the creators in this film have not done much since then. This is unfortunate and goes to show how difficult it is to recreate the magic on film.

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