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A Stroke of Luck (2016)

Villaviciosa de al lado (original title)
TV-14 | | Comedy | 2 December 2016 (Spain)
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A town almost ruined. A winning lottery ticket. A lot of troubles in progress.


Nacho G. Velilla
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Machi ... Mari
Leo Harlem Leo Harlem ... Anselmo
Carlos Santos ... Ricardo
Salva Reina Salva Reina ... Nino
Jon Plazaola ... Carlos
Boré Buika Boré Buika ... Benjamín
Arturo Valls Arturo Valls ... César
Antonio Pagudo ... Juandi
Jorge Asín Jorge Asín ... Paco
Macarena García ... Sole
Corina Randazzo Corina Randazzo ... Merche
Carmen Ruiz ... Milagros
Belén Cuesta ... Elisa
Goizalde Núñez Goizalde Núñez ... Carmen
Yolanda Ramos ... Visi


Villaviciosa de al Lado is a peaceful town stuck in time, living exclusively off the fame of a 200 year-old spa. City Halls' debts threatens to close the spa and ruin the town. Their salvation comes when Mayor Anselmo and the rest of Councilors, realise they won the Christmas Lottery. Happiness turns to horror when they discover the prize belongs to a serial number distributed by the towns' brothel. The wives become suspicious and husbands fear, after a TV interview with Mari, the brothels' owner, claims the men of the town have won the lottery. Wanting a way to claim the prize and save the town, without suffering the wrath of their respective women, Anselmo, Ricardo, César, Juandi and Paco hatch a plan, to steal the money from the brothel. Meanwhile, Mari tries to reconcile her stranded life and restore the memory of her deceased father, the former Mayor, fired after Mari was pregnant as a teenager. Written by Chockys

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Aquí va a pasar algo muy gordo [Here is going to happen something very mess]




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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Stroke of Luck See more »

Filming Locations:

Graus, Huesca, Aragón, Spain See more »


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€3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital


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Written by José Luis Armenteros and Pablo Herrero
Performed by Jon Plazaola and Salva Reina
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Spanish bawdy comedy.
19 April 2017 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

A big hit on it's home turf there are concerns that this one may not travel - a sex comedy where the people talk dirty but there's no nudity. I hate those.

Plot developments are formula predictable. However the energy, bright colours and expert farceur cast get to be winning. The film's mean spirit proves equal opportunity The African priest manoeuvred onto breaking successive commandments gets more sympathy than the Madrid leftist who dragged his wife out of the big city to the dim backwater.

Plot offers small Spanish town Villaviciosa whose one industry, a run down spa, is failing until a syndicate lottery win offers salvation. Trouble is the husbands bought the ticket in the Club Mementos whore house and their wives will get to know if they claim. Farcical plans to get the cash cumulate in the Good Friday procession of the Holy Virgin.

Best know player in the ensemble is Carmen Machi from a couple of Almodovars and more significantly Álex de la Iglesia's MI GRAN NOCHE and El BAR.

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