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Anita no perd el tren (2001)

Anita has been working at a cinema box office for almost three decades, but the building is demolished to give way to a cinema complex, and she is forced into early retirement because she does not fit into the new company's image.

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Ventura Pons

Writers:

Lluís-Anton Baulenas (novel), Lluís-Anton Baulenas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Anita
Isak Férriz ... Dependent
Jade Pradas Jade Pradas ... Bessona 1
Arlem Pradas Arlem Pradas ... Bessona 2
Sònia Colom Sònia Colom ... Anita nena
Mercè Arànega ... Mare
Josep Costa Josep Costa ... Client peixateria 1
Maribel Altés Maribel Altés ... Clienta peixateria 2
Jordi Dauder ... Sr. Leyva
Aina Clotet ... Anita jove
María Barranco ... Natalia
Roger Coma ... Cambrer
Albert Trifol Albert Trifol ... Empleat INEM
Santi Ibáñez Santi Ibáñez ... Espectador 1 (as Santi Ibàñez)
José Luis Sansalvador José Luis Sansalvador ... Veu de cine 1 (voice) (as José Luis San Salvador)
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Storyline

Anita sees how the over three decades that she has been working at a cinema box office are literally devastated: the building is demolished to give way to a cinema complex, and she is forced into early retirement because she does not fit into the new company's image. Incapable of getting over the shock, and by inertia, she continues going back to the empty lot every day, where the cinema used to be and where a construction company is building the new complex. By mere chance, she ends up in love and involved with a man who drives a bulldozer at the construction site. A tender and bittersweet affair comes about, which is carried out in the dark, inside a trailer where the company has its offices. He is married and does not hide it. But, despite that, and thanks to their secret meetings, they are both able to open a door to hopes for the future. This is a relationship without perspectives, but in Anita's case, at her early fifties, it helps her to mark a before and after in her life. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Catalan

Release Date:

26 January 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Ventura Pons goes romantic... sort of
23 August 2008 | by StevenCapsutoSee all my reviews

The wonderful Rosa Maria Sardà plays the title role in this charming, often whimsical comedy/drama directed by Ventura Pons.

Anita, a fifty-year-old film buff who has led a predictable and unadventurous life as a box-office clerk, takes a chance on love when she's pursued by a hunky construction worker. It's not your typical romantic comedy, but it's a lovely film.

Set in Barcelona, the film was shot in a mix of Catalan and European Spanish (mostly Catalan), although it's often shown in Spanish-dubbed versions. The European dub is much more carefully done than the American Spanish dub I'm watching right now on Univisión television. I have to admit, however, that the lead actress in the American dub is a remarkable match for Sardà's voice.

If you watch it on DVD, I recommend watching the original Catalan/Spanish multilingual version, since it gives a good feel for the reality of conversations in that part of Spain.

"Anita" is my favorite Ventura Pons film (as the director usually goes in for much more depressing scripts). Apparently it's the only one of his films that's unavailable in the U.S.


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