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Crossing Borders (2006)

Un Franco 14 Pesetas (original title)
Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. ... See full summary »

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Carlos Iglesias

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Carlos Iglesias
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Iglesias ... Martín
Javier Gutiérrez ... Marcos
Nieve de Medina ... Pilar (as Nieve De Medina)
Isabel Blanco ... Hanna
Iván Martín Iván Martín ... Pablito
Tim Frederic Quast Tim Frederic Quast ... Pablo
Eloísa Vargas ... Luisa
Aldo Sebastianelli ... Tonino
Ángela del Salto ... Mari Carmen (as Ángela Del Salto)
Fely Manzano Fely Manzano ... Amalia (as Manzano Feli)
Iñaki Guevara Iñaki Guevara ... Alberto
Isabelle Stoffel ... Erika
Raúl Pazos Raúl Pazos ... Lorenzo
Miguel de Lira Miguel de Lira ... Gallego (as Miguel De Lira)
Carmen Rossi Carmen Rossi ... Paz
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Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live with Mart'n's parents in a basement apartment that comes with their job as superintendents of the building. Encouraged by Marcos, his friend and co-worker, Martin decides to emigrate to Switzerland. The whole family has to admit that for the time being this is the most promising plan. Unable to obtain a work contract from the Swiss Consulate, Martin and Marcos decide to go anyway, pretending they are tourists to get past the border police. Pablito will experience drastic changes in a short period of time: his father's departure, a new way of life in a different country with a different environment and learning another language. But afterwards, in Switzerland, they will face new experiences which will allow them to live with renewed happiness. Written by AnonymousB

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Spain

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

1法郎,14銀圓 See more »

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$1,660,476
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(European Film Market)

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'Carlos Iglesias', the director, writer and main actor of this film, is the son of Spaniards who migrated to Switzerland in the 60s and returned to Spain six years later. The movie is almost biographical, with Carlos Iglesias playing a character equivalent to his father. See more »

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Sweet and funny. One of the best Spanish films of 2006
3 September 2006 | by el_monty_BCNSee all my reviews

It is a curious coincidence that a TV comedian, José Corbacho, was behind one of last year's best Spanish films, Tapas, and this year it is again another TV funnyman, Carlos Iglesias, who brings us the cream of the crop. They both became famous on Spanish TV for their absurd, laugh-out-loud comic personas, but have chosen a more cerebral route for their directorial filmic debuts, making comedies with dramatic undertones, and in both cases the results have been artistic triumphs.

Iglesias's little joy of a film, based largely on his own life experiences as the son of Spanish emigrants, is simply delightful in every detail. The story flows along effortlessly and the characters are developed with loving care, and once the film ends one cannot help but want it to go on longer, which is the mark of all good storytelling. I was already a fan of Iglesias in his "Pepelu" times of the 90s, but if the quality of his film career stays at this level, he will surely make us forget his time on TV.


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