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Encarna is a thirtysomething girl of Móstoles (Madrid) trapped in a life without changes, at the side of her lifelong boyfriend and with a job absent of incentives. Stigmatized by the famous Spanish sketch of the "Empanadillas de Móstoles" performed by humorist duet Martes and Trece, broadcast at the 1985's New Years Eve, Encarna looking for a way to escape to a life consumed in the boring and routine. One day, Encarna meets María Dolores, former classmate of the school, who introduces her in the world of pyramid selling, sponsored in the company by the own boss, a woman who claims to be real actress Victoria Abril. Believing that it's the opportunity that she was waiting for, Encarna determines to work as saleswoman with María Dolores, discovering a world of money and luxury where she finally finds the chance to be who really she wanted, until that a series of events lead her to question her new lifestyle and how legal it's...Written by
At the beginning of the movie, set in 1985 New Year's Eve, can be seen to a child Encarna and her mother and aunts watching a TV show. This show is real and it was part of the TV special broadcast by former TVE-1 (actual "La 1", in these times the only TV channel in Spain together TVE-2, actual "La 2"), which was performed by humorist duet Martes y Trece composed by Josema Yuste and Millán Salcedo. The sketch is a parody of a radio show incredibly popular in those years called "Encarna de noche" (Encarna by the night), created and hosted by journalist Encarna Sánchez where she talked with ordinary people who called Encarna to tell their stories and problems looking for a solution. The sketch was an estimated audience about 35,000,000 people, turning in one of the most beloved in all history of the Spain's TV. See more »
Mediocre and sour comedy about a traumatized woman who becomes involved into several incidents when she enlists in the pyramidal selling
This dramedy deals with Encarna : Alexandra Jimenez, a thirtysomething girl caught into a humdrum life , she has an elderly and sick boyfriend : Jose Manuel Cervino, her former old teacher, and works in a poor job , selling mattress . Suddenly, she meets an old classmate, Cristina Castaño, who convinces her to work as a saleswoman and under command an elegant and mature lady who reclaims to be Victoria Abril herself . As Encarna believing to be the wished opportunity she was waiting for her sad life . As Encarna attempts to escape herself, and far from boring , tiring and routine , as she discovers a new world full of money and luxury .Things go wrong when a series of improbable and surprising happenings lead Encarna to question her new lifestyle and how legal it is , ending up into unexpected consequences.
Passable comedy with some dramatic elements , including decent interpretation, surprises, twists and adequate setting. It is a typical Spanish comedy with usual ingredients , as outlandish characters , confusión , mayhem and disconcerting events .The plot is plain and simple, a woman stigmatized by a famous sketch broadcasting in 1985's new year eve, parodying the Radio Show : ¨Encarna de noche¨ or Encarna at night , and performed by the notorious comical duo : ¨Martes Y Trece¨ formed by Josema Yuste
and Millan Salcedo, dealing with Empanadillas de Mostoles , and later on, she becomes involved into twisted situations when she determines to work as a saleswoman for a strange company to sell their products : "SayLife" , and run by Victoria Abril herself. Alexandra Jimenez gives a nice acting as a woman with a boring life and a job absent of incentives. Cristina Castaño plays her previous friend who introduces her in the world of pyramid selling. And Victoria Abril as actress Victoria herself, playing a cunning and rogue seller boss who is really a ruthless swindler. Decent support cast , such as : Jose Manuel Cervino as the veteran and ill professor , Concha Hidalgo, Marta Berlanguer , Antonio de Cruz and the three Bodegas sisters or Las Supremas de Móstoles who perform and dance some catching and popular sings . And Millan Salcedo himself from Martes y 13 duo along with Josema Yuste, at an emotive final intervention.
The motion picture was regularly directed by Vicente Vilanueva. Being well produced by the prestigious Gerardo Herrero . Gerardo is a notorious producer and director, including important titles , such as : La punta del iceberg, Al final del tunel, La mujer invisible, El corredor nocturno , Vientos de Habana, Zona Hostil, El secreto de tus ojos, Heroina, Territorio Comanche, La niebla y la doncella, El Misterio Galindez , El Jugador de Ajedrez , Archimides principle , Tiempo sin aire , and several others. Gerardo Herrero has produced some films directed by this nice filmmaker Vicente Villanueva. As Vicente is a good artisan who has directed shorts as Eres, Heterosexuales y Casados and a few films such as : Lo contrario al amor and Toc Toc. Rating : 5.5/10 , acceptable and passable but average.
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