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La gran vida (2000)

Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do ... See full summary »

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Lola
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Martin
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Salva
Alicia Agut ...
Rosa
Miguel Ayones ...
Montero
Eusebio López ...
Maitre d'
Emilio A. Pina ...
Prestamista jefe
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Mikel Albisu ...
Financiero 2
Sayago Ayuso
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Matón discoteca 1
Txema Blasco
Carita Boronska ...
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Lara Corrochano ...
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Antonio P. Costafreda ...
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Carlos Manuel Díaz
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Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do everything he has ever dreamed of before ending his life. While spending the money he falls in love with Mexican waitress and realizes now he has something to live for. The only problem is that now he has to find a way to pay back the $1 million he owes to the Mafia! Written by Vanja Miloshevski <frozen@mol.net.mk>

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Funny and uplifting Spanish romantic comedy with bewildering events , entertainment , amusement and absurd situations .
5 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

¨La Gran Vida¨or ¨Living It Up¨ is a nice and nutty comedy well starred by Carmelo Gomez and Salma Hayek . This entertaining film packs amusement , slapstick , hilarious incidents , tongue-in-cheek , surrealist comedy including conventional pitfalls and many other things . It tells the story of a bus driver called Martin (Carmelo Gomez)on edge a nervous breakdown , when suddenly a strange man called Salva (Fernando or Chato Valverde) offers him some friendly advice , borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do everything he has ever dreamed of before ending his life , such as to blow on a final round of merrymaking before committing suicide , throwing on a famous bridge in Madrid . While spending the money he falls in love with Mexican waitress named Lola (Salma Hayek) and realizes now he has something to live for . The only problem is that now he has to find a way to pay back the 1 million he owes to the loan sharks . At the end he has to deal with dangerous hoodlums , but having spent the cash he is pursued by the Mafia , taking place fun situations .

This is a slightly funny film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion , twists and a romantic love story ; being originally written by the prestigious screen-writer and filmmaker Fernando Leo De Aranoa . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few ridiculous . It is a special Spanish comedy from the 2000s with the usual ingredients such as wild humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there and the tone of the film is light-hearted . It's an agreeable , moving film , perfectly acted and concerning the narration about the relationship among a botcher driver , a Mexican waitress , a peculiar adviser and Mafia . This is a typical Spanish comedy from the 2000s with the customary ingredients such as silly humor , embarrassing events and close relationships among people , including an enjoyable romance. It turns out to be pleasantly fun that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever ; an exercise in pure amusement in which entertainment and fun are guaranteed . The characters are quite odd , grotesque and weird and the film races on at incredible speed . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly cool . Nice acting Carmelo Gomez as a bus driver who when is on the verge of committing suicide borrows 100 million pesetas , and falls for a Mexican waitress finely performed by Salma Hayek and finds he has something to live for . Special mention to Fernando ¨Chato¨ Valverde as a rare adviser called Salva . Fine support cast such as Eusebio Lazaro , Carlos Bardem , Carlos Kaniowsky , Miguel Ayones , Alicia Agut , Txema Blasco , Pilar López De Ayala and special appearance by the great Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina . On the surface, ¨La Gran Vida¨ doesn't get much wrong , it looks okay , the comedy misunderstandings pile up in a reasonably amusing fashion and the performance is acceptable . My feelings are extremely mixed but I must admit there are things I haven't been able to stop laughing about ; but also has the usual ups and downs .

Including a spotless pictorial as well as colorful cinematography by Nestor Calvo (Atomica , Lobo , Nos Miran , Lobos De Washington , Años Barbaros , Miguel and William) , showing splendidly luxurious places such as Hotels , luxury restaurants and glamorous mansions from Madrid . Lively and catching musical score by Manuel Villalta (El Palo , Planta 4, Oro De Moscu , Nada En Nevera ,El Forastero) . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Antonio Cuadri who was born in Huelva (Andalucia) location where he shot his main and big-budgeted film titled ¨The heart of the earth¨ with an international cast . Cuadri is a fine craftsman with some hit , such as this ¨La Gran Vida¨ , ¨Eres Mi Heroe¨ and previously made a documentary titled ¨Riotinto (2004)¨. Nowadays , he only directs TV episodes (Cuentame, Manolito Gafotas , UCO , Todos Hombres Sois Iguales , Al Salir De Clase , among them).


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