Crossing Borders (2006) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live with Mart'n's parents in a basement apartment that comes with their job as superintendents of the building. Encouraged by Marcos, his friend and co-worker, Martin decides to emigrate to Switzerland. The whole family has to admit that for the time being this is the most promising plan. Unable to obtain a work contract from the Swiss Consulate, Martin and Marcos decide to go anyway, pretending they are tourists to get past the border police. Pablito will experience drastic changes in a short period of time: his father's departure, a new way of life in a different country with a different environment and learning another language. But afterwards, in Switzerland, they will face new experiences which will allow them to live with renewed happiness.

  • In the 1960s, two Spaniards, Martin and Marcos, move to Switzerland in search of a job, leaving their families behind in Madrid. During their time in Switzerland, they get to know two women, with whom they start an affair: Martin with Hanna, the owner of the hotel where they first stay in Switzerland, and Marcos with a local working woman. Everything changes when the families of both men arrive in Switzerland, interrupting their romances. Their arrival is unexpected.


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