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El juego de la verdad (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 24 September 2004 (Spain)
Four friends (two couples) play a game of truth on the evening after one of them, Ernesto, is mistakenly told by a doctor he has only three months to live. Ernesto's a sad sack, living with... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Tristán Ulloa ... Ernesto
Natalia Verbeke ... Susana
María Esteve ... Lea
Óscar Jaenada ... Alberto
Sonia Castelo Sonia Castelo ... Mónica
Fernando Cayo ... Mario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ágatha Fresco Ágatha Fresco
Susana Pampín Susana Pampín ... Enfermera
Mariana Richaudeau Mariana Richaudeau
Carolina Román Carolina Román
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Four friends (two couples) play a game of truth on the evening after one of them, Ernesto, is mistakenly told by a doctor he has only three months to live. Ernesto's a sad sack, living with Lea at his parents', about to lose a job he got through his best friend, Alberto. Ernesto is also hopelessly in love with Alberto's fiancée, Susana - who, for her part, has gotten Lea a job as the sign-language interpreter on a local TV news show Susana anchors, a job Lea is about to lose. The truths that come out during the game, especially Ernesto's desire for Susana, create havoc. Alberto and Susana's wedding and Ernesto's new test results are coming soon. What to do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Os propongo un juego... (I propose a game to you...)

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Comedy | Romance

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24 September 2004 (Spain) See more »

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Adevarul si alte minciuni See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A slightly funny film with entertaining incidents , silly messes and enjoyable love stories
17 December 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Comical as well as romantic comedy is loaded with irony , humor with tongue-in-cheek , jokes and fun . Spanish comedy filled with laughs , fun , bemusing situations and ordinary actors . Funny comedy with romantic touches here and there ; being full of entertainment , humor and sheer amusement . It is a diverting story about friends, and the challenges we face while Ernesto's (Tristan Ulloa) a sad as well as ill young , living with his fiancée Lea (Maria Esteve) at his parents', about to lose a job he got through his best friend , Alberto (Oscar Jaenada) and badly working as a mall announcer . Ernesto is also hopelessly in love with Alberto's girlfriend, Susana (Natalia Verbeke) . Lea has gotten a job as the sign-language interpreter on a local TV news show in which Susana anchors, a job Lea is about to lose , too . The truths that come out during the ¨Truth Game¨ , especially Ernesto's desire for Susana, originate wreak havoc . Then , jealousy , betrayals and double-crosses emerge . And Alberto and Susana's wedding and Ernesto's new test about his deadly illness results in coming soon .

Nice and funny Spanish comedy starred by good actors , including ridiculous situations , entertainment , amusement and with a distinctly Spanish sense of style . The main premise is the following : our four friends as well as antagonists -two couples- get together at home , there takes place the game of truth and the high stakes crop out . As they play a game of truth on the evening after one of them, Ernesto, is mistakenly told by a doctor he has only three months to live ; all of them mixed up in all kinds of absurd , hilarious and even romantic incidents . The principal issue about the continuous meetings and ongoings disagreements between the protagonists and their intertwined loves , it is so repetitive and that makes it a little boring . This is a slightly bemusing film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion and two agreeable love stories . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous picaresque situations such as sex jokes , profanities and absurd scenes . The film explores the relationship among a motley quartet and their triangular love story , being well played by known actors . However , it moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few embarrassing ; so, the tone of the film is light-hearted and the most part results to be rich in implausibilities and absurdities . The motion picture was well written by the same director and Robert Santiago ; the latter is an expert writer/director of notorious comedies such as ¨Hombres Felices¨, ¨Club De Suicidas¨ , ¨El Penalti Mas Largo Del Mundo¨, ¨El Sueño De Ivan¨ , ¨Solo Para Dos¨ , and ¨Al final del Camino¨ . This is a 2004 typical Spanish comedy with the customary ingredients such as enjoyable humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there ; including mayhem , confusion , loving triangles and a lot of fun . The picture benefits a likable main cast such as Natalia Verbeke , Oscar Jaenada and Maria Esteve . Special mention to Tristan Ulloa , as a depressed guy , he steals the show as a crazed-sex man who often gets into trouble with his friends so that he can get to regain a new lover . The movie is played mostly for laughs as the boy get into scrapes trying to score with the girl . A few of the scenes are amusing , they elicit chuckles but no serious laughters . The picture attempts to spread optimism about the events of life , friendship and love , including its amusing sides . The roles in this film are all lovable despite being rather pathetic and silly .

The cinematography by Aitor Matxola is luxurious as well as colorful . Atmospheric and lively musical score , adding some catching songs . Being skillfully proceeded by Álvaro Fernández Armero and turned out to one of the most box office movies of 2004 and certainly one of the most amusing . This director Alvaro Armero was born in 1969 in Madrid, location where he often shoots his flicks . He is a good director and writer, expert on comedies and especially known for ¨Todo es Mentira¨ (1994), ¨Salir Pitando¨ , ¨El Juego De Verdad¨ , ¨Nada en la Nevera¨ and ¨Brujas¨ , though also shot a successful slasher titled ¨El Arte De Morir¨. Rating : Acceptable and passable : 6/10 . The picture will appeal to Spanish comedy enthusiasts .


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