Based on Paco Roca's comic of the same title (2008 Spanish National Comic Prize), WRINKLES is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience. Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and colleagues to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or "assisted" floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious day-to-day with humor and tenderness, because although for some their lives are coming to an end, for them it is just a new beginning.Written by
Roca, the creator of the comic books, was relieved to see the film for the first time: "Of course there are changes, even certain characteristics of the characters, but there is still the spirit. It has what I wanted to tell ". Producer Cristóbal explains: "The trick of turning white in vignettes when Alzheimer's starts to devour the neurons is because we are unable to translate that feeling to the screen. Did not work". "It doesn't matter," replied Roca, "because I see my comic there. I was worried about the ending, how the plots would end." He turns to the right and embraces Director Ferreras, who was watching him with some concern. "Congratulations". See more »
A shop in the city is called "teléfono móbilR". The word in Spanish would be "móvil", not "móbil" (the capital R is a telephone provider company), but that particular shop may be using a name with a typo on purpose to differentiate from others; that's not uncommon in Spain. See more »
Well, OK, if you want, we'll start dating, but only if you first bring me a cloud!
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The end credits roll with normal music, then the music is replaced with an elderly man's voice trying to sing Gardel's "Adiós que me voy", with hospital background noise. The old man forgets some lyrics and tells the audience we don't know him. See more »
A Spanish animated drama telling the story of Emilio, a retired bank manager who is developing early signs of Alzheimer. His son makes the difficult decision to put him in a care home, much to his father's disappointment. There, he slowly strikes up a friendship with his roommate Miguel who has all his marbles and spends his time making money out of his confused neighbours. The two find ways of relieving the boredom of the home but Emilio is seemingly fighting a losing battle as his memory begins to fade.
I thought this was an interesting little drama with a balanced mix of pathos and humour. For someone who works with older people, often in a care capacity, much of this rang true with me, particularly the boredom and loneliness that many experience when they move into a home. It never threatens to be anything truly groundbreaking and the animation is pretty basic but nonetheless it is a worthy film with some lovely scenes and will strike a chord with anyone who has had to deal with this terrible disease.
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