2 user 5 critic

El entusiasmo (1998)

A man's enthusiasm turns into greed and causes trouble for his family.


Ricardo Larraín
1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Maribel Verdú ... Isabel
Carmen Maura ... Maria
Álvaro Escobar Álvaro Escobar ... Fernando
Álvaro Rudolphy Álvaro Rudolphy ... Guillermo
Gianfranco Levrini Gianfranco Levrini ... Miguel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sebastian Achaval Sebastian Achaval ... Christian
Héctor Aguilar Héctor Aguilar ... González 1
Rafael Ahumada Rafael Ahumada ... González el otro
Ignacio Aliaga Ignacio Aliaga ... Anciano
Carolina Barriga Carolina Barriga ... Isabel
Hans Biel Hans Biel ... Young Guillermo
Javiera Contador Javiera Contador ... Isabel (voice)
Ronald Cortéz Ronald Cortéz ... Nahuel
Victor Figueroa Victor Figueroa ... Orofesor Liceo
Maximiliano Gac Maximiliano Gac ... Miguel 5 años


Chile 1980, under military dictatorship. Three young people meet, become friends, and together uphold the "Independent Republic." This is a utopian concept for a better world conceived by Guillermo, one of the three friends, as a reaction to the savage capitalism imposed by the dictatorship. The other two characters, Fernando and Isabel eventually marry. Al three characters' private lives and ideals begin to shift, and Fernando in particular prospers, spurred on by his "Enthusiasm." The ensuing story is the bulk of the plot. The development and outcome of Fernando's enthusiasm, and the impact of the human being's shifting goals and ideals all lead to the eventual conclusion of this Chilean/Spanish co-production. Written by Guy33134

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »



Chile | Spain | France



Release Date:

25 December 1998 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Enthusiasm See more »

Filming Locations:

Antofagasta Region, Chile See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting Chilean Film
2 September 1999 | by freak-16See all my reviews

This is the story of beautiful couple Fernando (Alvaro Escobar) and Isabel (Maribel Verdu) who, together with their young son, Miguel, go to live in the Chilean capital. They set up an adventure tourism business which quickly becomes successful, but Fernando's idealistic enthusiasm - he's not amoral, but feels he has to behave tough in a tough man's world - drives him to buy a share in a dodgy real estate company, which is where the moral problems begin. Fernando's cynical friend, Guillermo (Alvaro Rudolphy), and Isabel (Carmen Maura) complete the cast of this morality tale about the hard road towards experience, where professional and personal demands always seem to be in conflict.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed