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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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Country:

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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Trivia

The house Martin and his wife rent in the film is the same house that 'Carlos Iglesias'' parents rented while living in Switzerland. When looking for filming locations, he asked the owner about it and got told that the floor had been free for a week and was therefore available for filming. He used it, and spent lunch breaks in the room he occupied as a child. See more »

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Honest approach to Spanish immigration of the 1950s
15 February 2011 | by ImdbidiaSee all my reviews

Crossing Borders... is A Spanish-Switzerland comedy released in 2006 that tells the story of two couples of Spanish immigrants in Switzerland in the 1950s based in the autobiographical experience of the actor and director Carlos Iglesias.

This is a very sweet, funny, honest and intimate film about the lives of those Spaniards who migrated to Switzerland and other European countries in the 1950s and 1960s. It is faithful to real events, and shows the issues that affected those people when leaving their country, the pros and cons of being an Spanish emigrant, and of the country of origin and the country of reception. Especially good is the depiction of the feelings of alienation, loneliness, cultural and emotional isolation, distrust by the locals, but also how hard was going back home for those who decided to return and resettle.

All the cast is good in their performances, especially Nieves de Medina as Pilar and Isabel Blanco as Hanna.

The movie is unpretentious, talks about serious issues using comedy, and has heart. I think it will reach immigrants from any part of the world, but also any viewer wanting to see something different from Spain and about Spain recent history.


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