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Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena (2004)

Looking for a job divorced Jorge meets Hortensia, also divorced, at her work. They soon become romantically involved which led to many problems that needed to be worked out.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Hortensia
Eduard Fernández ... Jorge
María Pujalte María Pujalte ... Ángeles
José Sacristán ... Juan
Rosario Pardo Rosario Pardo ... América
Zoe Berriatúa Zoe Berriatúa ... Chico rubio
Carlos Wu Carlos Wu ... Chen
Julen Kaniowsky Julen Kaniowsky ... Joaquín
Patricia Gómez Patricia Gómez ... Rebeca
Carlos Kaniowsky Carlos Kaniowsky ... Alberto
Carmen Balagué Carmen Balagué ... Farmacéutica
Fernando Colomo Fernando Colomo ... Encargado Chiquipark
Raúl Arévalo ... Vendedor
Pau Durà ... Parado ejecutivo
Alberto Alonso Alberto Alonso ... Señor borde


Looking for a job divorced Jorge meets Hortensia, also divorced, at her work. They soon become romantically involved which led to many problems that needed to be worked out.

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Release Date:

26 November 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrévete y verás See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Written by Joaquín Sabina & Juan Antonio Muriel
Performed by Joaquín Sabina
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Decent dramedy dealing with an attractive romance between ex-drunk unemployed man and a depressed single middle-age woman
28 October 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This acceptable comedy with brief touches of drama concerning an ex-alcoholic unemployed man named Jorge (Eduard Fernández) and a separated middle-aged woman called Hortensia (Ana Belen) who works in an out of work office (INEM , the public agency that helps work-less people to find a job) . Jorge , who is deeply affected from a car crash happened long time ago , falls in love with Hortensia . They suddenly meet , emerging an enjoyable romance , as both have suffered a lot in their past relationships and nowadays attempting to start a new life . They start going out , to discover themselves several little things . Later on , both of whom get together at a communion , there happens a fun dancing in the luxurious banquet where protagonists dance in rhythm of ¨Jail rock¨.

This interesting as well as charming film is full of humor , agreeable scenes , brief drama , good feeling and being deliberately paced . It is a simple , sympathetic and intelligent portrait of a few people who feel great sadness and loneliness . Both of them are seeking for a new love story , a second chance after they've ruined it all , concerning about the midlife crisis , the life disappointing , a lot of reflecting between the two protagonists and many others things . It has some moments of enjoyment as well as amusement and others quite a few embarrassing . Regular and unbalanced , but gaining the sympathy almost at all times . This particular romance is overspread throughout the movie , but not completely satisfactory , including conventional pitfalls . In spite of it , the movie results to be better than average , being surprisingly funny and compellingly realized . The picture attempts to spread optimism about the events of life , family , sons and love , with its amusing sides but also including some deceptions . The last half hour of the picture results to be the more unsettling and dramatic , it is the best part , where takes place some touching and tragic events and it just makes worth watching the flick . The movie is based on a radio programme titled ¨Little things that makes that live worth it¨ presented by the known anchor man Iñaqui Gabilondo . Very good acting by Eduard Fernández as a drunken who just came out of a big depression . As Eduard Fernandez at her best , he steals the show as an out of work man who suffered a car accident with fateful consequences . The picture relies heavily on the relationship between Eduard Fernández and Ana Belen who also gives a marvelous acting as a solitary public official who unexpectedly finds love . Support cast is frankly excellent such as María Pujalte , José Sacristán , Rosario Pardo , Zoe Berriatúa , Carlos Kaniowsky , Carmen Balagué , Fernando Colomo and Raúl Arévalo . Moving and emotive musical score by Bingen Mendizabal and including unforgettable songs sung by Joan Manuel Serrat , Joaquin Sabina , among others . Furthermore , a colorful and evocative cinematography by Juan Amoros .

The motion picture was produced by Cesar Benítez , being well written and directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira along with his usual collaborators : Yolanda García Serrano and Joaquín Oristrell . He usually writes his films and occasionally for other directors as "What Makes Women Laugh?" by Joaquin Oristell who in "Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health" is screenwriter and producer ; both of them are ordinary collaborators . Pereira is an expert on comedies as ¨¨Rose sauce¨, Why do they call it love when they mean sex ?¨, ¨Mouth to mouth¨ , "All Men Are the Same" , though he also has made some drama as ¨The hanged man¨ and this ¨Between your legs¨ . His latest projects, however, tanked as "Off Key" starred by an American-all star cast but was a failure both economically and artistically or simply didn't deliver as "Atrévete y Verás" . Nowadays , he directs TV chapters as ¨Gran Reserva¨ and ¨Cheers¨ series .

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