In Spanish with English subtitles
With Luis Tosar, Miguel Herran, Antonio Bachiller
Actor Guzmán (who can be seen playing a cop in MY BIG NIGHT) makes an auspicious directing debut with this high-spirited tale of disaffected youth that won the Goya Awards for Best New Director and Best New Actor. Bright, rebellious teenager Dario (Herrán), expelled from school and estranged from his battling parents, runs away from home. He forms a surrogate family on the streets of Madrid with his hefty best friend Luismi, the avuncular auto mechanic Justo, and the nonagenarian junk-dealer Antonia (beautifully played by the director’s own grandmother). When Justo gets into trouble with the law, Dario launches a series of ill-fated schemes to bail him out. Upbeat but not sappy, Guzmán’s film is a love letter to Madrid, and his acting background shines through in the infectious rapport among the performers.
Gene Siskel Film Center
“A feelgood movie that both critiques the way we treat our outsiders and also celebrates them.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“It is the more truthful film in the last years.” – José María Clemente, Canal +
“Dazzling prodigy. One of the more brilliant teenager descriptions ever seen.” – Luis Martínez, El Mundo