Carmen learns that her daughter Maria died in an accident. After a couple of days, she decides to go to her apartment for some paperwork but here she discovers that Maria was about to adopt a Vietnamese girl named Thi Mai. Carmen then decides to go to Vietnam with her friends Elvira and Rosa, although none of the three has ever left Spain in their life. During the search for Thi Mai, they will have the opportunity to experience crazy and hilarious situations caused by cultural differences. They will be accompanied by Dan, a Vietnamese guide, and Andrés, a young Spanish actor going to Hanoi to live with his partner.Written by
Sympathetic comedy with likable actors and colorful cinematography from Vietnam
Enjoyable comedy delivers a lot of silly -but also really sentimental- situations, entertainment and amusement .The flick provides emotions , love stories , twisted incidents , funny comical sketches , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , it especially contains catching touches of humor and irony . It deals with Carmen (Carmen Machi) , a determined and obstinate woman , she along with her husband (Pedro Casablanc) to be aware her daughter Maria died in a car crash . After a couple of days , Carmen decides to go to her flat for some paperwork but here she finds out that Maria was about to adopt a Vietnamese girl called Thi Mai . Carmen then decides to go to Vietnam along with her two veteran friends : Elvira (Aitiana Sánchez Gijón ) and Rosa (Adriana Ozores) , although none of the three has ever left Spain in their life . During the search for Thi Mai , they become involved in multitude of amazing incidents . Through the film is described several distresses , clumsiness and misfortunes to carry out their purports , lousily proceeded by the bungling outfit in fits and starts . The three women will have the opportunity to experience nutty and comical situations caused by cultural differences . They will be helped by Dan (Nguyen) , a Vietnamese guide, and Andrés (Dani Rovira) , a young Spanish actor going to Hanoi to live with his boyfriend .
Funny , heartwarming and uneven comedy , appointed for all kind of public about an agreeable premise : three mature women move to Vietnam to carry out the adoption a Vietnamese little girl , there they bear several ungainliness , confusion and crazy mayhem . Lovely , attractive and charming flick with cultural clashes between Vietnamese and Spanish people . In the film they are giggles , irony , comedy , almost-surrealist scenes about a sympathetic trio of madure women suffering in Vietnam a great number of adventures , distresses and blunders . From the start to finish the good mood and humor are continuous . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly enjoyable , being an agreeable comedy with brief dramatic elements, as well as sweet hilarious touches . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . Passable and charming screenplay, though middlingly paced , by Marta Sánchez . The highlight and great clímax, of course , is the final , being executed slightly and quickly , with no much complications , including some surprises . The picture benefits itself of a great cast formed by the following ones : Carmen Machi who gives a sympethetic acting and the married woman who travels to Vietnam to bring home the young girl her recently deceased daughter had planned to adopt, she is well accompanied by Adriana Ozores and Aitiána Sanchez Gijón . Support cast is pretty good such as : Pedro Casablanc , Antonio Gil , Alberto Jo Lee, Neguyen and special mention fot the always humorous Dani Rovira , considered to be the new Alfredo Landa of the Spanish cinema
It packs a brilliant and evocative cinematography by Sergi Gallardo , being filmed on location in Ha Long Bay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh, Vietnam , Hanoi, Vietnam and Pamplona, Navarra, Spain . Atmospheric as well as sensitive musical score by Fernando Velazquez, J.A. Bayona's ordinary , adding the catching song El camino Written and Performed by Pablo López . The motion picture was professionally directed by Patricia Ferreira , realizing a stylish and colorful yarn . Patricia began working in cinema in the 2000s filming shorts and documentary , and has realized a few films , usually Thrillers and Dramas such as 2005 Para Que no me Olvides , 2002 El Alquimista Impaciente or The Impatient Alchemist and 2000 Sé Quién Eres . Rating : 6.5/10, decent dramedy .
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