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The Weakness of the Bolshevik (2003)

La flaqueza del bolchevique (original title)
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Based on a novel by Lorenzo Silva, this movie deals with the unusual and tragic relationship between a frustrated businessman and a 14-year-old student. After crashing into the rear of the ... See full summary »


Lorenzo Silva (novel), Lorenzo Silva (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Pablo López
Mar Regueras ... Sonsoles
María Valverde ... María
Rubén Ochandiano ... Manu
Jordi Dauder ... Alfredo
Enriqueta Carballeira ... Dolores
Nathalie Poza ... Eva
Manolo Solo ... Francisco
Yolanda Serrano Yolanda Serrano ... Alba
Ángela Herrera Ángela Herrera ... Elsa
Daniel Grao ... Perico
Roberto Drago ... Raúl
José Antonio Izaguirre José Antonio Izaguirre ... Armando
Luis Miguel Seguí ... Municipal
Carla Gayan Carla Gayan ... Izaskun
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Based on a novel by Lorenzo Silva, this movie deals with the unusual and tragic relationship between a frustrated businessman and a 14-year-old student. After crashing into the rear of the car in front of him, Pablo Lopez starts arguing with the other driver, Sonsoles, who finally files for an injury claim against him. Therefore, the angry manager starts harassing her and observes her younger sister Maria in her schoolyard. When he gets to know the intelligent girl, his perception of life is changed totally, but their friendship leads into a tragedy... Written by fippi2000

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Enjoyable film deals with a man's infatuation with a nymphet including nice performances and slick direction
2 September 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Lively and emotive drama based on a novel by Lorenzo Silva , this movie deals with a special love story between a mature manager and a teenager . After crashing into the rear of the car in front of him against other driver named Sonsoles (Mar Regueras) , angry Pablo Lopez (Luis Tosar) begins arguing with her , who finally files for a wound claim against him . Therefore, the revengeful businessman starts harassing her and doing obscene phone calls . Later on , Pablo observes her younger sister Maria (Maria Valverde) in her schoolyard and falls for her . When he gets to meet the beautiful girl , his perception of life and friendship are utterly changed , but the events go awry .

"The Weakness of the Bolshevik" turns out to be a moving drama well realized by Manuel Martin Cuenca about a marvelous friendship leads into a tragedy . This is a thought-provoking as well as intense flick filmed with great sensitivity and feeling . It's an intelligent and touching story although sometimes is slow moving and tiring but is finely developed with sense of style and sensibility . Very pleasant drama filled with emotion , artistic scenes and plenty of sensitivity . The picture relies heavily on the unusual and tragic relationship between a frustrated businessman and a 14-year-old student , but it doesn't makes boring , but results to be entertaining . This is a pleasant movie plenty of good feeling , drama , stirring scenes and a peculiar love story . Interesting screenplay by the same filmmaker , Martin Cuenca , who often writes his own scripts , and sometimes with his friend Alejandro Hernández . This is one of those rare gems that does not stray from its purpose - to be a celebration of love and romance and a sensitive tale . Terrific acting by the great Luis Tosar and an attractive as well as newcomer Maria Valverde . Support cast is frankly well such as Rubén Ochandiano , Jordi Dauder , Enriqueta Carballeira and Nathalie Poza , among others .

Emotive musical score by Roque Baños , the soundtrack flows great with the film in every way, and creates an agreeable atmosphere in every moment , including a sensitive leitmotif . Baños is a successful composer such as ¨Fragiles¨ , ¨The Machinist¨ , ¨Sexy beast¨ , ¨800 bullets¨ and composing Hollywood pictures such as ¨Old Boy¨ . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Alfonso Parra filmed in Madrid and its Temple of Debod . The film was well produced by José Miguel Juárez , Alfonso Lanza , Antonio Romero and compellingly directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca . Martin Cuenca has established himself as one of Spain's most artistically astute directors , his works consistently evolving in skill and style . Manuel Martín Cuenca was born on November 30, 1964 in Almería , Almería, Andalucía , location where he usually shoots his pictures . He is a good director and writer, known for Malas Temporadas (2005) , 4 Puntos Cardinales (2002) , being his best movies : Caníbal or Cannibal (2013) and this La Flaqueza Del Bolchevique (2003) . Rating : Better than average . Worthwhile watching .

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Release Date:

31 October 2003 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »


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EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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