The midlife crises of three Spanish couples provide the laughs in this gleeful ensemble comedy which has been a spectacular crowd-pleaser around the world. The director explores with skilled humour, knowing grace and a touch of nostalgia the challenges faced by couples in Spain in the wake of the economic crisis.
Luisa (Inma Cuesta, Three Many Weddings, SFF14) and Alberto (Raúl Arévalo, Marshland, SFF15) move to the countryside, thinking it a better place to raise their children, though the change puts a dampener on their sex life. Furthermore, Alberto’s work situation takes an unpredictable turn which he is unsure Luisa will approve of. Meanwhile, Luisa’s sister (Candela Peña, A Gun in Each Hand, SFF13) and Alberto’s brother (Alberto San Juan) have their own relationship challenges – her obsessive pursuit scares men away, while his much-younger girlfriend is a little on the impulsive side.
This excellent ensemble of some of today’s most beloved Spanish actors delivers a window into modern relationships which is both genuine and hilarious. They each awkwardly navigate through social situations and their own familial challenges with a jovial elegance that is sure to charm.