Based on writer Albert Espinosa's own experiences as a teenager in a hospital cancer ward, 4th Floor follows the relationships of a gang of wheelchair-bound teenage boys - "the baldies" - who live together in the cancer ward on the fourth floor of a hospital. The boys all have remarkably positive attitudes, and are determined to defy the misfortune that life has dealt them. There are new patients whose acquaintances are worth making, nurses at whom they can poke fun, a basketball team to run and nightly saunters down the hospital corridors. There's even love to be found a few floors up! Flipping between comedy and tragedy, this touching tale of friendship manages to remain upbeat despite its grave subject matter.Written by
In the first meeting with director Antonio Mercero, made possible by Ignacio del Moral, a 28 year old Albert Espinosa introduced himself and his story proudly showing his orthopedic leg to both of them. See more »
Moving as well as sensitive tale of friendship and hope that arranges to remain uplifting
Floor 4ª¨ (2002) is a feeling film about children with cancer treated with a touch of humor , despite its grave subject matter . It is a touching tragicomedy with romantic as well as hilarious elements ; including enjoyable performances and thought-provoking issues . As they live together as patients at a hospitals paediatric ward and learn how to deal with their illnesses, the experiences that they have , and the people that they meet . It results to be other of the innumerable stories to deal with dramatic deeds blending with comedy that follows the relationships of a bunch of wheelchair-bound adolescent boys - "the baldies" - who , and are determined to defy the distresses that life has dealt them . Retelling the tale of a group of children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital , and being based based on real events . Told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in a hospital pediatric ward, as the band of teens (led by Juan Jose Ballesta who gives a likable acting) relationship among them , suffering , playing basketball and enjoying immensely , too . There are new patients whose acquaintances are worth making as they vanquish misfortunes , there's even love to be found a few floors up .
Based on writer Albert Espinosa's own upbeat experiences as a teenager in a hospital cancer ward , flipping between tragedy and comedy . Funny and uplifting Spanish Dramedy with bewildering events , entertainment , amusement and fun situations . It's an agreeable , moving film in which friendship , comradeship and hope survive all , being perfectly acted and concerning the narration about a group of kiddies live together in the cancer ward on the fourth floor of a hospital and all of them growing up together have remarkably positive attitudes . Meanwhile , they enjoy antics , jokes , singing , dealing with nurses at whom they can poke fun , a basketball team to run , nightly saunters down the hospital corridors and many other things .
Atmospheric as well as attractive musical score by Manuel Villalta (El Palo , Oro De Moscu , Nada En Nevera , El Forastero) , including a catching song by the famous band Estopa . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Rafel Perez Cubero . 4th Floor was professionally written (along with Alberto Espinosa) and directed by Antonio Mercero and resulted to get a big success at Spanish Box office . Mercero is a author of great hits TV series and several award-winning films . In 1970 he started working for TV as he shot several documentaries and some chapters for the series "Crónicas Un Pueblo" or ¨Chronicles of a village¨(1971) , a big hit in Spain despite its deep ideological content, risky for the period it was made in ; and specially successful was ¨the phone booth¨ (1970) (TV), which won 10 national and international awards, including the Emmy Award in 1973. Then he realized ¨Los Pajaritos¨ (1973), ¨Gioconda is sad¨ (1975), the series "Ese Señor De Negro" or ¨That man in black¨ (1975), La Noche del Licenciado (1978), and his three biggest hit smashes : ¨Turno Oficio¨ TV series about advocates in law , "Blue summer , Verano Azul" (1978) which became a sociological phenomenon and "Farmacia de Guardia" (1990) about an Apotheke . Other important film directed by Mercero was ¨Don Juan Querido Fantasma¨ , an amusing comedy well performed by Juan Luis Galiardo . Today, he still works for TV as ¨Manolito Gafotas¨ series and some of his latest work in cinema have been ¨Guerra De Papa¨, ¨Esperame en Cielo¨ a parody about a Franco's double , ¨The treasure¨ and ¨Hora De Los Valiantes¨ out the Spanish Civil War . His last film was ¨? Y Tu Quién Eres?¨ about Alzheimer illness and starred by Manuel Alexandre . Rating : Better than average , 7. Well worth seeing .
This story dealing with choices, love, life and the people that make them stronger was remade several occasions as national as international ones : A remake of the Spanish/Catalan show Pulseres Vermelles (Pulseras Rojas, in Spanish) broadcasting in Catalan language in TV3. Italian remaking "Braccialetti Rossi" (2014) . Netherlands recounting titled : ¨Kankerlijers¨ or "Sickos" (2014) . Switzerland retelling "Bold Heroes" or Stationspiraten (2010) . Chile version : Pulseras Rojas" (2014) MTV mini-series 2014 . And American rendition "Red Band Society" (2014 with )Octavia Spencer ,Dave Annable , Astro , Charlie Rowe .
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