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As Luck Would Have It (2011)

La chispa de la vida (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 January 2012 (Spain)
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An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

Director:

Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writer:

Randy Feldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Mota ... Roberto (as Jose Mota)
Salma Hayek ... Luisa
Blanca Portillo ... Mercedes
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Alcalde
Fernando Tejero ... Johnny
Manuel Tallafé Manuel Tallafé ... Claudio (as Manuel Tallafe)
Antonio Garrido ... Dr. Velasco
Carolina Bang ... Pilar Álvarez
Eduardo Casanova ... Lorenzo
Nerea Camacho ... Bárbara
Joaquín Climent ... Javier Gándara (as Joaquin Climent)
Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Álvaro Aguirre (as Juanjo Puigcorbe)
Antonio de la Torre ... Kiko Segura
José Manuel Cervino ... Presidente (as Jose Manuel Cervino)
Santiago Segura ... David Solar
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Storyline

An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

As Luck Would Have It See more »

Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Murcia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$529,014 (Spain), 13 January 2012, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Salma Hayek worked in the movie 18 days. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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A String of Pearls
3 August 2015 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

My Summary phrase came to mind after watching this 2011 Álex de la Iglesia masterwork. It was, as a string of pearls, a string of scenes, so perfect, so smooth in their sequencing, that, with the help of an impeccable photography and admirable soundtrack we got spell bounded from the beginning of this splendid movie to its brilliant ending, a pathetic story almost unbearable to watch.

Unbearable to watch thanks to the forceful interpretation of our protagonist couple, Luisa (Salma Hayek) and Roberto (José Mota) who, all of a sudden, find out how tough and painful life can become in a matter of seconds.

Roberto's desperation to find a job, after months of fruitless interviews is the Gordian knot that plunges him (and us) into what will become a major film. The script construction is peerless, as is the interpretation of every actor involved in the complicated choreography, very difficult to film, of this gem of a movie, all encompassed by the hand of this genius, Alex de la Iglesia.

Only at the end of the projection we get the subliminal message given at the start of the movie, behind the cast names and credits, with takes that seem to be only background texture..., and they tell you the whole story.

Our string of pearls has a gorgeous diamond clasp. It loops the string with a superb finale, showing us how deep is Luisa's love for her husband Roberto. It couldn't have had a better ending.


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