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Life Marks (2003)

La vida mancha (original title)
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 »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)



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1.85 : 1
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The older brother
22 August 2007 | by magullonSee all my reviews

With this new so suggestive title, "La vida mancha", ("The life stains"), the been born in Bilbao (Basque Country) Enrique Urbizu and his daily history to us on impossible loves, brotherly encounters which they leave track, relations, economic marriages in danger, jams and other miseries of the day to day, that of a great city runs in a working-class district. Fito (Juan Sanz) is a young truck driver of somewhat robust ways, an extroverted, affectionate boy and something immature, that is married with the attractive and comprehensive Juana (Zay Nuba), used like administrative in an office of the INEM, who spends long time solo while his husband is of route in the highway. Fito and Juana are enamored and are parents of a boy, the monetary Jon (Sandro Polo), but problems that drag because of the concealed compulsive gambling of Fito - that gambles its wage letters begin to make an impression on the familiar situation, not thus in their relation. The appearance of Pedro (Jose Coronado), the brother of Fito on the part of mother, whom the young person did not see years ago, will change the course of its lives. Pedro is the opposed pole of Fito: a man solitary, distinguished, surely of itself, reserved and surrounded by I pull ahead of mystery, that always has great amounts of money in its portfolio. Pedro comes from England to settle during a time in house of the marriage; he will be, in certain form, a "rescuer", a "protector", like that older brother of the one than one always he hopes that him serve of hardships, and in him will be born feelings that believed forgotten… If something is had to them to recognize Urbizu and Gaztambide it is that, in spite of touching thematic very exploded and to explain "unpublished modern stories to us" nothing, they invent so that their stories work with naturalness,run of pleasant form and maintain the interest of the spectator until the end. Good part of this merit - that is not little if it is valued what luck could have run he himself argument in other hands, is due to the fact of also to have surrounded by a reliable distribution, where as much the main interpreters as those secondary are used to hitting the nail on the head, breathing freshness, naturalness and, in the case of the most veteran actors, tables and professionalism. Jose Coronado continues strengthening with this work the good image of actor of weight that has come working itself in the last years - far it is already, luckily, that stage in which he gave myself to useless personages in productions also despicable; contrary to which he happened then, it seems that now its single presence in the poster already is quality assurance. Juan Sanz ("Wild"), in his first paper protagonist, contributes to nerve, grace and free, being outlined as a name to consider in the future. And the novice Zay the Nuba, perhaps less most shining of the stellar trio, develops enough good, replacing with her accurate smiles her lack of baggage. "La vida mancha"("The life stains") is a simple, next drama, but that, nevertheless, tells on some scenes of praiseworthy composition, in which glances, gestures, actions and words help to define the psychology of their personages and the relations - evident or buried that they unite them. We can breathe the almost blind admiration that feels Fito by Pedro, the emotions contained of this last one towards Juana, or the displeasure or spite disguised that they obstruct to the young wife before certain situations. These moments, at which the dramatic dimension becomes more tangible, are alternated with lucky humor descriptions - mainly on the part of the adolescent and frivolous kangaroo of Jon, the companion of Juana or the salesman poor devil of the Circle of Readers, who with small notes, apparently superfluous, help to draw to the rest of secondary characters and to fill up the contours of the protagonists. We have the sensation of which under that level and modest appearance, all whatever becomes and it is said has an aim, and that the information that is occurred to us, either at the moments summit or the likable and close moments the more, acts a as. This way, although the evolution of history is guessed predictable, is so well designed in its construction, step by step, that gains our attention and gets to become credible. But everything in "La vida mancha"("The life stains") ray next to the substitute or, at least, the high notable. In the same way which kindness and successes can be found in her, also it is forced to say that to his script still it has left some loose screws - by deficiency and that the hand at certain moments goes away to him - by excess. These insufficiencies are specially importantly in the case of the personage who interprets Jose Coronado, since the tried mystery that surrounds it is tolerated well until certain limit, but demanded something more of concretion so that the circumstances became more likely - so that nobody finds suspect whom it does not mean to what is dedicated nor in what has entertained years in the last? -. On the other hand, like Urbizu are able to create moments of tenderness and emotion, other scenes and lines of dialogue sound somewhat hollow and hiss - the one of the shaved one, for example, already very is seen and exceeded. Yet good and the less best thing, "La vida mancha"("The life stains") is one more a film than acceptable: lead, narrated well with ability and correctly interpreted, it has in his capacity to connect with the public another great trick. It is the sample of which the bad thing of some Spanish films not must so much to that they do not explain anything novel, but to that they count it bad. "La vida mancha"("The life stains") is not exceptional by its contents, but well it is related.

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