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El corazón de Jesús (2003)

Civil servant Jesús Martinez suffers a heart attack. Abandoned by his wife and stuck with hospital bills he can't afford, he assumes the identity of a terminally ill patient with the same name.


Marcos Loayza


Marcos Loayza
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Credited cast:
Augustin Mendieta Augustin Mendieta ... Jesus
Melita del Carpio Melita del Carpio ... Beatriz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fernando Arze Echalar ... Miguel (as Fernando Arze)
Nicolás Bauer Nicolás Bauer ... Juan
Julio Kempff Suarez Julio Kempff Suarez ... Duran
Maritza Wilde Maritza Wilde ... Esposa
Carolina Zaballa Carolina Zaballa ... Esposa


In this pitch-black satire, selfish civil servant Jesús Martinez suffers a heart attack as the nation's economy plunges. Abandoned by his wife and stuck with hospital bills he can't afford, he assumes the identity of a terminally ill patient with the same name, and settles into the ward intending to live off the insurance coverage. At once morbid and poignant, the humor stares poverty straight in the face, offering a stinging critique of Bolivia's hospital system and unjust bureaucracy. Written by Moma

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Drama | Comedy | Romance




Bolivia | Germany | Chile



Release Date:

2 April 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Heart of Jesus See more »

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Dolby SR


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Life, dead and health system
21 December 2012 | by camilomgnSee all my reviews

The film of Marcos Loayza is more than someone can think without a context. Is a political film in the tradition of bolivian cinema with connections to social criticism like the great Jorge Sanjinés. In this film the central point is the critic to the health system. What is the importance of the live of patience it for the state or the insurance companys. Can someone could be condemned to jail for can't afford a medical treatment. A lot of questions about a reality not bolivian but latinamerican. Marcos Loayza accomplish a great film about the tragic situation of the health system because when it appears as just another there is no mercy to someone that can't afford the cost of the illness and metaphorically but perhaps in reality also are condemned to dead.

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