Joshua Reviews Nicolas Lopez’s Que Pena Tu Vida [SXSW 2011 Review]

What’s in a name?

Apparently, when it comes to the latest film from writer/director Nicolas Lopez, it means a lot.

Entitled Que Pena Tu Vida (Fuck My Life, or Fml from here on out), this marks the third film for Spanish director Lopez, and is his take on one of the most maligned and pastiched genres around: the romantic comedy.

Drawing seemingly direct inspiration from Marc Webb’s fantastic 500 Days Of Summer, Fml follows a couple as they meet, fall in love, break up, and move on in today’s social landscape. Told through a series of flashbacks connected through interviews with the characters, the film is very much a direct descendant of many modern anti-romantic comedies/dramas, and is ultimately a welcome addition to this otherwise stale genre.

Ultimately, the film’s biggest star is its sense of humor. Based on a script by Lopez and script “advisor” Guillermo Amoedo,
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