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La vida mancha (2003)

Fito, a compulsive gambler, married with a son, has long time without seeing his older brother Pedro. Pedro come back alone to pass some time with his brother. This short and banal visit is going to change their lives.


Enrique Urbizu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
May Pascual May Pascual ... Camarera
Gabriel Moreno Gabriel Moreno ... Camarero
Alfonso Torregrosa Alfonso Torregrosa ... Larrea
Martín Mujica Martín Mujica ... Jubilado
Juan Sanz ... Fito
Ramón Goyanes Ramón Goyanes ... Mirón 1
Kike Biguri Kike Biguri ... Mirón 2
Zay Nuba Zay Nuba ... Juana
Sandro Polo Sandro Polo ... Jon
Jose Coronado ... Pedro (as José Coronado)
Yohana Cobo ... Sara
Antonio Mora Antonio Mora ... Tipo 1
Paco León ... Tipo 2
Soledad Osorio Soledad Osorio ... Señora
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Visitador Círculo de Lectores


Fito, a compulsive gambler, married with a son, has long time without seeing his older brother Pedro. Pedro come back alone to pass some time with his brother. This short and banal visit is going to change their lives.

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Release Date:

9 May 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A visszatérő See more »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Life's stains
21 March 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

We almost missed seeing this film because of the schedule at HBO. Some important movies are shown at times that are only suitable for insomniacs! "La Vida Mancha" is one of the most interesting movies that have come from Spain lately. Enrique Urbizu directs with restraint and elegance. The screen play by Michel Gaztambide shows intelligence. The story is different from most of the Spanish films that reach these shores.

At the center of the story is Pedro, Fito's half brother. Fito was seen before at the local cafe gambling his wages in a game of poker, that by all accounts seem to be rigged. It's obvious Fito has a big problem, but he keeps it away from Manuela, his wife. When a package is delivered to Fito, it contains a red gown for Manuela and a letter informing Pedro will be coming to visit.

Pedro is an enigmatic figure. We watch him as he settles into a routine in Fito and Manuela's apartment. He is unobtrusive, but why has he chosen to come back after so many years of absence? In a way, Pedro comes to rescue his half brother from his gambling addiction, but ends up falling hard for the lovely Manuela.

Jose Coronado was a revelation in this film. His take on Pedro is right. Mr. Coronado's performance shows a restraint and discipline, not common among actors from Spain. This actor goes deeply into Pedro's soul because he understand this man.

Equally effective is the lovely Zay Nuba. She plays Manuela with an economy that is amazing, yet she reveals what's inside this woman's soul. Not having seen her in any films before, she shows a beauty and an understanding for this woman she is portraying. Juan Sanz, as Fito, and the rest of the cast give convincing performances under Mr. Urbizu's direction.

We'll be looking forward to Mr. Urbizu's next film anxiously because he shows lots of talent.

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