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Life in the Abyss (2007)

La vida abismal (original title)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Óscar Jaenada ... El Chino
José Sospedra ... Ferran jove (as Jose Sospedra)
Antonio Valero ... Ferran adult
Juli Mira Juli Mira ... Salvador
Pep Cortés Pep Cortés ... Labrador
Albert Forner Albert Forner ... Capellà
Nausicaa Bonnín ... Rosa
Pepa López Pepa López ... La mare
Abdelatif Hwidar ... Juanito el Moro (as Hwidar)
Pep Ricart Pep Ricart
Daniel Medrán Daniel Medrán
Karme Málaga ... Catherine
Ximo Solano Ximo Solano ... Tan
Álvaro Báguena Álvaro Báguena ... Pare
Isabel Rocatti Isabel Rocatti ... Germana
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Country:

Spain

Language:

Catalan

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (Spain) See more »

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Life in the Abyss See more »

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Els Films de la Rambla See more »
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(European Film Market)

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Color
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Card games
18 February 2007 | by joelsegarraSee all my reviews

Life, cards, luck and Russian Roulette... this is why this comment has the spoiler option checked.

This film evokes Valencia illegal gaming back in the seventies. A young peasant -Ferran- plays cards not much to make a living but as a distraction of his daily routine. Ferran meets a larger-than-life character -el chino- who happens to play cards for a living. This other guy is depicted as a Toni Manero look alike but his charisma an arrogance lead the innocent Ferran to join him in his schemes to make money to end up betting all on the next card table.

At some point the action moves to Madrid and Ferran steps down losing track of El chino who takes on more dangerous games making a living out of Russian Roulette until the round gets loaded.

Based on real events this is no Hollywood epic but it captures the desperation of the characters very effectively.


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