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Up Among the Stars (2018)

En las estrellas (original title)
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Victor is a washed-up film director, gone to seed since the death of his wife, struggling to support his son Ingmar (named after Ingmar Bergman) with no income and no work. His only friends... See full summary »

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Zoe Berriatúa

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Zoe Berriatúa
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Luis Callejo ... Víctor
Jorge Andreu ... Ingmar
Macarena Gómez ... Ángela
Magüi Mira Magüi Mira ... Alicia
Álvaro Roig Álvaro Roig ... Morris
María Morales ... Rita
José Luis García Pérez ... Armando
Kiti Mánver ... Directora
Ingrid García Jonsson ... Laura
Liz Lobato ... Lola
Cristian Méndez Cristian Méndez ... Raúl
Maia Dunne Maia Dunne ... Niña Guapa
Ricardo Mas Ricardo Mas ... Niño Curioso
Adrián Checa Adrián Checa ... Niño Macarra
Ariadna Polanco Ariadna Polanco ... Anita
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Victor is a washed-up film director, gone to seed since the death of his wife, struggling to support his son Ingmar (named after Ingmar Bergman) with no income and no work. His only friends are a family who manage a run-down cinema with a stockroom full of celluloid classics that nobody pays to see. Victor revels in dreams of past glories, when 'the Americans' sought him for his expertise in special effects, although his recent CV comprises a hamfisted documentary and a silent film about Ancient Greeks, so bad that the only thing people (mis)remember is the Romans and that nobody wants to watch silent films anymore. Ingmar, uninterested in cinematic greats, is happy to watch monster films while his father drinks. Victor keeps busy making films that he never completes, using Ingmar as his cast and crew, while trying to secure funding for his magnum opus, dodging a social worker with concerns about the child, and chasing an inheritance controlled by his estranged sister and debts owed ... Written by silvio.mitsubishi@hotmail.com

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Luis Callejo was a last minute replacement of Karra Elejalde due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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interesting and fantastic film about a worn-out director who along with his child undertake weird and incredible adventures
15 December 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It deals with a loser and distressed man called Victor : Luis Calleja , he is a vagrant without job , neither home, nor money who lives only with his child : Jorge Andreu . His only friends are a ticket clerk : Ingrid García Johnson, and the owner of a run-down cinema with no public . The washed-out Victor , while dreaming with his wife : Macarena Gómez, wants again to shot a movie , but going bankrupt , he asks for help a botcher director : Jose Luis García Pérez and his older sister : Magüi Mira, but both of whom reject him. Meanwhile , they are dodging social laborers attempting to take the child for a state facilty . Finally , Victor faces off the dark reality and uncovers the true enigma of his life while tells his child the terrible events happened in his past .

A fantasy film with plenty of imagination , sensibility , fantastic adventure , melancoly and surrealist dreams . The picture uses traditional sets along with computer generator special effects blending unearthy Worlds from George Melies , Segundo de Chomon and Dalinean scenarios . There is also a particular and enjoyable father-son relationship in "Cinema Paradise" and "La Vida Es Bella" style , taking parts of these films here and there . Stars Luis Callejo giving a very good acting as a bum with no income that is really affected since the death his wife and while dreaming in past glories and living improbable and supernatural adventures . Meanwhile his beloved son is finely interpreted by newcomer actor Jorge Andreu , he is pretty good as the rebel child named Ingmar -paying tribute to Ingmar Bergman- who is extremely interested in monster films and attraction parks . They are very good accompanied by a charming support cast giving brief but attractive interpretations , such as : Macarena Gómez as the grieving wife , Ingrid García Johnson as a likeable ticket clerk , Álvaro Roig as the unfortunate manager of a cinema with a stockroom plenty of celluloid classics that nobody pays to watch , Jose Luis García Pérez as an ungrateful filmmaker , Magui Mira as the egoistic and mean aunt , as well as others providing cameos as Kiti Manver , Fernando Ramallo, Carlos Santos , Saturnino García, Liz Lobato or the director himself Zoe Berriatua .

Being well produced by the great director/producer Eloy de la Iglesia and his wife Carolina Bang , in fact this "En Las Estrellas" is realized in the wake of Eloy de la Iglesia films , following his peculiar style . The motion picture was well written and directed by Zoe Berriatua . He is a notorious secondary actor and occassionally director, making various shorts and another feature film titled Los Heroes Del Mal. Rating : 7/10 . Well worth seeing . Better than average .


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31 August 2018 (Spain) See more »

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